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Re: False aria-describedby expectations in ARIA Authoring Practices (longdesc)

From: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2011 23:13:38 -0700
Message-ID: <BANLkTi=w0nphdMz=5Lc5-e4Xu-iGk07XfQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>
Cc: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>, Michael Cooper <cooper@w3.org>, Joseph Scheuhammer <clown@alum.mit.edu>, W3C WAI-XTECH <wai-xtech@w3.org>, HTMLwg <public-html@w3.org>, Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, David Bolter <dbolter@mozilla.com>
On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 6:12 PM, Leif Halvard Silli
<xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no> wrote:
> Jonas Sicking, Fri, 22 Apr 2011 15:08:11 -0700:
>> On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 2:25 PM, Steve Faulkner wrote:
>> >In fact, we could even display a context menu item
>> for each link if there are multiple as aria-describedby allows
>> pointing to multiple elements, many of which could be links.
> Then some would use @aria-describedby for the purpose of the link,
> while others would use it for the purpose of its text content = purpose
> crash.

That is your interpretation of the ARIA spec. One that I don't agree
with. And based on the subject of this thread, one that the spec
editors might not agree with either.

My interpretation is that everyone should see the link. *That* would
be the best solution for everyone. No matter what we do with regards
to @longdesc it seems that it's better for AT users if they do indeed
see the semantics of the elements pointed to by aria-describedby.

/ Jonas
Received on Saturday, 23 April 2011 06:14:35 UTC

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