Response to your comments on WAI-ARIA 1.0 Authoring Practices

Dear Shawn Henry:

Thank you for your comments on the 24 February 2009 Working Draft of
WAI-ARIA 1.0 Authoring Practices
( The Protocols
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Janina Sajka, PFWG Chair

Michael Cooper, PFWG Staff Contact

Comment 84: Wording of editing RIA
Date: 2009-04-15
Archived at:
Relates to: WAI-ARIA 1.0 Authoring Practices - 10.  Reusable Component Libraries  <>
Status: Accepted proposal

Your comment:
   Comment: "Writing rich internet applications is much more difficult

   than writing in HTML. It is even more work to ensure your

   application runs in multiple browsers and supports WAI-ARIA." That

   is pretty strong. Please reconsider wording. This could be taken out

   of context and used to say that the main point is that ARIA is

   really hard, instead of how awesome it is to the user.

   Editors Response: I'll happily take wording suggestions. I did

   nothing yet.

   EOWG Response: Please reconsider the whole point of this section. Do

   you even need to say that it's hard? Also note that a library is not

   recommended in all cases; e.g., if you've just got one little slider

   you probably don't want to go through the whole deal to set up a


   Maybe just say something along the lines of: "For complex

   applications, it is usually best to use existing widget libraries

   that implement WAI-ARIA and have already gone through:... [extensive

   assistive technology testing, cross browser testing, testing to

   ensure that the widgets respond to desktop settings, testing to

   ensure that the widgets match a common keyboard style guide]"

Response from the Working Group:
We shall change the text of this section a similar section in the WAI-ARIA
Best Practices Guide to:

Rich internet applications are often more complex to write and to save
time it is faster to use existing widget libraries that implement WAI-ARIA
and have already gone through:

    * extensive assistive technology testing

    * cross browser testing

    * testing to ensure that the widgets respond to desktop settings

    * testing to ensure that the widgets match a common keyboard style

Some publicly available UI component libraries have already implemented
WAI-ARIA. Authors can reuse such libraries to start developing accessible
rich internet applications.


Comment 85: Separate vendor-specific information
Date: 2009-04-15
Archived at:
Relates to: WAI-ARIA 1.0 Authoring Practices - 3.2.4. Managing Focus with Scroll  <>
Status: Accepted proposal

Your comment:
   Comment: Note that some EOWG participants were somewhat

   uncomfortable telling people so strongly to use specific toolkits.

   (more on this is in a separate email)

   Editor Response: We have agreed that we will make this change, but I

   can't promise when it will show up in a draft.

   EOWG Response: Here is more specific suggestion, from the separate

   email. [This is in response to: "It is recommended that authors

   start by using a UI component library which has already implemented

   WAI-ARIA like the Dojo Toolkit Dijit library."]

   While EOWG thinks it is useful to tell which toolkits implement

   WAI-ARIA, we are uncomfortable having the reference in a Note (or

   Recommendation) because of the time and effort required to update

   it. e.g., if another toolkit comes out with awesome WAI-ARIA support

   the day after this is published, it would not be listed for months

   or years until the Note is updated.

   Please consider linking to a separate page where such information

   can be updated more easily -- perhaps in the FAQ

   [4]<>. Also, please check if there are

   other references throughout the other documents that would be more

   appropriately handled on a separate page.


Response from the Working Group:
We agree we do not wish to reference specific products. We are creating an
implementation tracking page and will reference that where specific
implementations are listed currently.

Received on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 00:31:17 UTC