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RE: Proposal: ARIA-ROLE & CSS definition integration

From: Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2008 13:27:00 -0400
To: "'Olivier GENDRIN'" <olivier.gendrin@gmail.com>
Cc: <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <042201c8c668$32750f50$975f2df0$@com>

Oliver -

Since ARIA is not part of the HTML spec (it is a separate spec), I would
imagine that ARIA (and therefore, the accessibility that comes with it) is
optional, just like CSS. There might be a hidden rider in the HTML 5 draft
that I have not noticed. Overall, the only mandatory accessibility item (and
its status as mandatory is still being debated) is @alt, to the best of my


-----Original Message-----
From: Olivier GENDRIN [mailto:olivier.gendrin@gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 6:43 AM
To: Justin James
Cc: public-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: Proposal: ARIA-ROLE & CSS definition integration

On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 12:29 AM, Justin James <j_james@mindspring.com>
> I have another proposal idea for the group. From what I can tell, the
> aria-role (or aria:role, depending upon the outcome of the giant
> colon/hyphen debate) attribute is for tags only. I propose that it be
> possible to define the aria-/:role in CSS. For example:
> div.checkbox {aria-role: checkbox;}
> <div class="checkbox">Blah blah blah</div>
> The div would be treated as if @aria-role="checkbox" had been specified.
> Comments?

I will never have guessed that ARIA is presentational only. CSS is
optional, is it the same for accessibility ?

Olivier G.
Received on Wednesday, 4 June 2008 17:28:06 UTC

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