Re: direct link to latest version of S. Pieters' ARIA Proposal

Hi, Folks-

There's been talk on the public SVG list about adding the 'role' 
attribute to SVG [1], with follow-ups regarding the XHTML2 Role spec [2][3].

The proposal seems to be for each language (HTML and SVG) to specify the 
'role' attribute in their own namespace, and to reply on namespaces only 
for the ARIA attributes and taxonomy.

According to Simon Pieters (on IRC), "the plan is to have the proposal 
implemented in firefox 3 and opera 9.5".  This is a pretty ambitious 
schedule... the code (and therefore the spec) would need to be done in 
days or weeks.

That seems like it could be good for ARIA, but I don't want to rush to 
half-solve the problem in a way that would make later extension or 
functionality difficult.  I also don't want to ignore the research and 
hard work that went into the Role spec, particularly where it solves 
issues a simpler spec might not.  But if the spec (and subsequent 
implementations) that Simon and Aaron have put forward is a compatible 
subset of the Role spec, that would be a good first step.

Please let us know what you think.


-Doug Schepers
W3C Staff Contact, SVG, CDF, and WebAPI

Received on Thursday, 4 October 2007 20:13:27 UTC