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

From: Schnabel, Stefan <stefan.schnabel@sap.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 09:31:48 +0200
To: Nick Fitzsimons <nick@nickfitz.co.uk>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>
CC: Shelley Powers <shelley.just@gmail.com>, Steven Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Lars Gunther <gunther@keryx.se>, HTMLWG WG <public-html@w3.org>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>
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good point. In my opinion the ARIA role should always reflect what the element DOES with respect to functionality in a given context and not only what it actually looks like.

Of course I could say now why haven't you taken an <a> instead? *smile*

- Stefan

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From: wai-xtech-request@w3.org [mailto:wai-xtech-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Nick Fitzsimons
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To: Tab Atkins Jr.
Cc: Shelley Powers; Steven Faulkner; Lars Gunther; HTMLWG WG; W3C WAI-XTECH
Subject: Re: ARIA roles added to the a element should be conforming in HTML5.

2009/10/21 Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>:
> Sometimes making a link into a button seems to be the correct choice.
> If I want the styling of a button, but I want clicking it to just
> navigate you to another page, I can restyle an <a> to look like a
> button, or I can insert a <form action><button type=submit></></> and
> style the form away.  The latter feels like a dirty hack.  (I've used
> it, once, but only at the very very beginning of my webdev career when
> I didn't fully understand how urls and query params interacted.)

In that case you are visually styling a link to resemble a button, but
its functionality is still that of a link, so it would be incorrect to
give it a role of "button": the role describes what something does,
not what it looks like.

Similarly, if I were to lose my mind and produce something like:

<button type="button"
onclick="self.location.href='http://example.com/'">Go to

then it would be appropriate for me to give the button an ARIA role of
"link", as it is acting like a link and not a button.


Nick Fitzsimons

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