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Re: ARIA roles added to the a element should be conforming in HTML5.

From: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Date: Mon, 09 Nov 2009 23:21:25 +0100
Message-ID: <4AF895E5.1050002@xn--mlform-iua.no>
To: HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>
Smylers On 09-11-09 22.27:

> Leif Halvard Silli writes:
>> Smylers On 09-11-09 21.11:
>>> Lars Gunther writes:
>>>> <a role="button"> should be forbidden when hard-coded onto the
>>>> page for  these reasons:
>>>> 2. It is possibly confusing if JavaScript is turned off, since it
>>>> will not act as a button in that case.
>>> What if it has CSS which makes it look like a button (even without
>>> JavaScript)?
>> First I thought: Stupid question. How it looks should not matter.
> How it looks matters for this scenario, pointed out by Stefan Schnabel,
> where instructions say "press the button".  Even if that button is
> merely a restyle link, and all it's doing is making a navigation
> request, users will be consider it be a button:
>   http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Oct/0699.html

The example that Stefan brought up was that "the manual says 
'press the button', but my UA only reports a link". Which, again, 
is an example of when using a <button> would not be correct. And 
hence, again, it is only confusing to talk about what the author 
/should/ have done.


We can conclude that the semantics of role="button" are not equal 
to that of <button>.
leif halvard silli
Received on Monday, 9 November 2009 22:22:01 UTC

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