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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>
Léonie,

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
mattking@us.ibm.com



From:   Léonie Watson <lwatson@paciellogroup.com>
To:     <richschwer@gmail.com>, "'W3C WAI Protocols & Formats'" 
<public-pfwg@w3.org>, 
Date:   01/24/2014 04:10 AM
Subject:        Suggested ARIA state



Rich,
 
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:
 
<ul>
   <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>
</ul>
 
Or:
 
<ol>
   <li><a href="name.html">Provide your name</a></li>
   <li><a href="address.html" aria-active="step">Provide your 
address</a></li>
   <li><a href="phone.html">Provide your phone number</a></li>
</ol>
 
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?
 
Léonie.
 
[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 
The Paciello Group.

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