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Re: Suggested ARIA state

From: Matthew King <mattking@us.ibm.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:30:04 -0800
To: <lwatson@paciellogroup.com>
Cc: "'W3C WAI Protocols & Formats'" <public-pfwg@w3.org>, richschwer@gmail.com
Message-ID: <OFD5FA452E.EFF5E220-ON88257C6A.0059BCAB-88257C6A.005AA460@us.ibm.com>

I mention this as one part of issue 633, which I see as a urgent and 
critical issue; it is on the agenda in the F2F. Although we could add the 
aria-active property without the additional roles, they go hand in hand.

BTW, I had envisioned aria-active as a state rather than a property. The 
context communicates what is active, so I am not sure I see the value in 
adding values like "page". Perhaps you could elaborate on the importance 
of that?

Matt King
IBM Senior Technical Staff Member
I/T Chief Accessibility Strategist
IBM BT/CIO - Global Workforce and Web Process Enablement 
Phone: (503) 578-2329, Tie line: 731-7398

From:   Léonie Watson <lwatson@paciellogroup.com>
To:     <richschwer@gmail.com>, "'W3C WAI Protocols & Formats'" 
Date:   01/24/2014 04:10 AM
Subject:        Suggested ARIA state

A little while ago I re-surfaced the idea of an ARIA state that would 
indicate the currently selected page within a collection or step within a 
process [1]. The idea developed through the thread [2].
The idea is for an attribute (possibly aria-active or aria-current) that 
could be applied to a link. Possible values for the attribute would 
include “step” and “page”. 
For example:
   <li><a href="home.html">Home</a></li>
   <li><a href="about.html" aria-active="page">About us</a></li>
   <li><a href="contact.html">Contact us</a></li>
   <li><a href="name.html">Provide your name</a></li>
   <li><a href="address.html" aria-active="step">Provide your 
   <li><a href="phone.html">Provide your phone number</a></li>
As Matt King pointed out, programmatically indicating this information is 
currently achieved through less than ideal design patterns (3].
I should have asked earlier in the week, but Doug’s email reminded me. If 
there is time at the F2F meeting, perhaps this idea could be looked at for 
ARIA 1.1?
[1] http://www.w3.org/mid/023101cecbfc$e7f2cfd0$b7d86f70$@tink.co.uk

[2] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-pfwg/2013Oct/0065.html 
[3] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-pfwg/2013Oct/0072.html 
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