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Re: ARIA Test Cases 86 and 87 are invalid

From: Joseph Scheuhammer <clown@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2013 16:09:18 -0400
Message-ID: <523B59EE.4050407@alum.mit.edu>
To: Richard Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>, David Bolter <dbolter@mozilla.com>
CC: clown@alum.mit.edu, surkov.alexander@gmail.com, public-pfwg@w3.org, cooper@w3.org, cyns@exchange.microsoft.com
Hi Rich, et al.

I wrote a reply on another thread, but I think it's apropos here. Also, 
adding David B to the To: list.

Rich wrote:

> the UAIG in section 5.8.3 has mappings for selection following focus 
> and for when the author sets aria-selected directly. Michael and I 
> discussed this and we agree that you appear to have added an 
> additional requirement beyond the ARIA spec. that selection MUST 
> follow focus for gridcells and rows in a grid. 

That's not how I interpret it.  The section in 5.8.3 concerns multiple 
selection situations.  The associated table's left hand column is 
labelled "Scenario".  That has the sense of a conditional.  Thus, it 
does NOT say "selection MUST follow focus". What it says is "*If* 
selection follow focus, then the user agent MUST fire the following events".

Of course, my reading might be wrong.  I didn't write this section. It 
was there long before I became editor.  Could those who were there chime in?

Also, I don't know precisely what "selection follows focus" means. One 
possibility is if the author adds an onfocus script that sets 
aria-selected to "true" -- would that qualify as "selection follows focus"?


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