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Re: ARIA use in HTML other than for accessibility.

From: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 10:10:13 -0400
To: Henri Sivonen <hsivonen@hsivonen.fi>
Cc: Shane McCarron <shane@aptest.com>, "Michael[tm] Smith" <mike@w3.org>, "public-html@w3.org" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20150512141013.GD3847@opera.rednote.net>
Henri Sivonen writes:
> The PFWG is supposed to work on accessibility and not Semantics.

Is this the nub of the issue? That the W3C, after 20 years of WAI, still
doesn't understand that Semantics are essential for accessibility?

In my student days, accessible textbooks came on reel to reel tape.
Imagine finding the beginning of Chapter 3 on that medium. We considered
it a technical nehancement to have low pitched beeps recorded on the
media, so that in fast play mode, we could count the beeps -- 1, 2 3, 4,
-- as the high pitched whine of speeded up speech screeched by -- all to
be able to get to Page 68 where tomorrow's assignment required
attention.

Yes, casettes were a big step forward.

But, the biggest step was DAISY, and it continues successful because
DAISY exposes semantics and allows navigation by semantic structure.

I say again, semantics is accessibility.

Janina

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