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Re: Fwd: PFWG-ISSUE-704 (Indication of Primary Button): Should there be an ARIA method to indicate the primary button? [ARIA 1.1]

From: Joseph Scheuhammer <clown@alum.mit.edu>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:42:22 -0500
Message-ID: <54FA112E.2080405@alum.mit.edu>
To: Birkir Gunnarsson <birkir.gunnarsson@deque.com>, "'Bryan Garaventa'" <bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com>, "'Joseph Scheuhammer'" <clown@alum.mit.edu>, "'Joanmarie Diggs'" <jdiggs@igalia.com>, "'James Nurthen'" <james.nurthen@oracle.com>
CC: "'W3C WAI Protocols & Formats'" <public-pfwg@w3.org>
Hi Birkir,
> What about allowing aria-selected on buttons?
> This button would be selected in the sense that when you press enter it will get activated.

It's better to declare something explicitly, than to rely on 
inferences.  From that perspective, declaring a button specifically as 
the primary is more revealing than using aria-selected, and leaving it 
to the AT to determine what selected means in this context.

However, a better guide is what a11y APIs offer in terms of the proposed 
functionality, and at least two of them support the relevant state.  
ATK/AT-SPI has a STATE_DEFAULT, which is separate from STATE_SELECTED, 
and is defined as:

'Indicates that the object is the "default" active component, i.e. the 
object which is activated by an end-user press of the "Enter" or 
"Return" key. Typically a "close" or "submit" button.'

Likewise, MSAA has STATE_SYSTEM_DEFAULT defined as "the default button 
in a window".  I'm not sure about AXAPI nor UIA, but I would be 
surprised if they didn't have something similar (and if they don't, they 


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