Response to your comments on Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0

Dear Jan Heck:

Thank you for your comments on the 24 February 2009 Last Call Working
Draft of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0
( The Protocols and
Formats Working Group has reviewed all comments received on the draft. We
would like to know whether we have understood your comments correctly and
whether you are satisfied with our resolutions.

Please review our resolutions for the following comments, and reply to us
by 1 February 2010 to say whether you accept them or to discuss additional
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Please see below for the text of comments that you submitted and our
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include links to the relevant changes in the Accessible Rich Internet
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Due to the scope of changes made in response to comments on the Last Call
Working Draft of WAI-ARIA, we are returning the specification to Working
Draft status. We will shortly publish a public "stabilization draft" of
WAI-ARIA and updated Working Drafts of the accompanying documents. While
these versions will not incorporate further discussion based on your
acknowledgement of our response to your comments, we will work with you on
your feedback as part of our preparation for the following version. You are
also welcome to submit new comments on the new public versions in addition
to sending your acknowledgement of our response to your previous comments.

Note that if you still strongly disagree with our resolution on an issue,
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the W3C Process, at
to Formal objections will be reviewed during
the candidate recommendation transition meeting with the W3C Director,
unless we can come to agreement with you on a resolution in advance of the

Thank you for your time reviewing and sending comments. Though we cannot
always do exactly what each commenter requests, all of the comments are
valuable to the development of Accessible Rich Internet Applications
(WAI-ARIA) 1.0.


Janina Sajka, PFWG Chair

Michael Cooper, PFWG Staff Contact

Comment 2: Comment on WAI-ARIA Doc Type
Date: 2009-02-24
Archived at:
Relates to: Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 - 9.1.3. Sample XHTML plus ARIA DTD <>
Status: Answered question

Your comment:
What's not clear to me from the WAI-ARIA docs is what doctype should be

so the x/html code will still validate? 

Response from the Working Group:
We are providing a sample DTD to use ARIA in HTML 4. This is not a formal
extension of HTML 4 and is not a DTD intended to be used on published
pages, but is mainly intended to allow conformance checkers to validate the
page at authoring time. We are also providing an XHTML 1.1 DTD for XHTML +
ARIA. Our approach addressing the Doctype issue is to work with the HTML
Working Group to ensure that ARIA is natively supported by HTML 5, and the
DTD / Schema for HTML will validate when ARIA is used. We are also
providing a RelaxNG Schema for HTML plus ARIA. All these resources are
external to the ARIA spec. The only one that is useful for published
content is HTML 5 plus ARIA, but the other ones are helpful for authoring
and validation.

Received on Tuesday, 15 December 2009 00:33:29 UTC