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

From: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@iki.fi>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2011 16:24:34 +0300
To: Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: Jonas Sicking <jonas@sicking.cc>, Leif Halvard Silli <xn--mlform-iua@xn--mlform-iua.no>, 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>
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On Fri, 2011-04-22 at 20:22 +0100, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> Hi again, it may also be useful to review the aria implementation
> guide:
> 5.6.1. Name and Description
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/aria-implementation/#mapping_additional_nd 

What's the rationale for prescribing implementation that loses the
structure of the content pointed to by aria-describedby and flattens it
into a string?

Does a "description" have to be crammed into an accessibility API that
only takes a plain text string? Is there no way to connect a
"description" semantic to a structured subtree in the existing
accessibility APIs?

Henri Sivonen
Received on Friday, 29 April 2011 13:27:17 UTC

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