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RE: Suggested ARIA state

From: Léonie Watson <lwatson@paciellogroup.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:33:04 -0000
To: "'Matthew King'" <mattking@us.ibm.com>
Cc: "'W3C WAI Protocols & Formats'" <public-pfwg@w3.org>, <richschwer@gmail.com>
Message-ID: <013301cf194b$de7b2e10$9b718a30$@paciellogroup.com>
Matt King wrote:

“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?”

 

I’d been thinking of it as a state, but realise that having different values would make it a property instead. 

 

 

The idea behind the different values was to provide greater contextual information for ATs. A screen reader might announce “Current page”, or “Current step” for example.

 

 

Léonie.

 

From: Matthew King [mailto:mattking@us.ibm.com] 
Sent: 24 January 2014 16:30
To: lwatson@paciellogroup.com
Cc: 'W3C WAI Protocols & Formats'; richschwer@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Suggested ARIA state

 

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 

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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$@tink.co.uk> http://www.w3.org/mid/023101cecbfc$e7f2cfd0$b7d86f70$@tink.co.uk 
[2]  <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-pfwg/2013Oct/0065.html> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-pfwg/2013Oct/0065.html 
[3]  <http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-pfwg/2013Oct/0072.html> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-pfwg/2013Oct/0072.html 

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