Agreed I came in to this discussion only 2 days ago.
Well thanks for that explanation about the Web content environment. As a matter of fact I am aware of such constraints.

1. I thought you folks were looking for used cases for aria-header so I suggested one For the image with text that looks like a heading. So instead of an h<n> tag, will aria-header work I ask again? It may be a solution for the constrained environment you described. 

2. This discussion about aria-header  puzzled me in an email thread that seemed to be discussing labelledby.
The example  with horses on sale and mares had aria-labelledby in the code  that already had heading markup.
So I am not sure what prompted this explanation.
Thanks and regards,

--- On Fri, 1/25/13, James Nurthen <> wrote:

From: James Nurthen <>
To: "Sailesh Panchang" <>
Cc: "'Joshue O Connor'" <>, "'Steve Faulkner'" <>, "David MacDonald" <>, "'WCAG'" <>,
Date: Friday, January 25, 2013, 1:33 PM

There are times when the author of the web application has no idea what 
scripting may be running on the application when it is deployed by the 
customer. Any change to the DOM hierarchy adds extra risk. This extra 
risk may make the change infeasible due to the added cost of regression 
testing the change. Adding a simple attribute to an element does not 
present the same risk so may well be preferred in these situations.
When starting with a clean slate of course using an HTML heading (h1-h6) 
is preferred - but we are not always starting with a clean slate. WCAG 
should allow us to meet the guideline so long as the solution is 
accessibility supported.


On 1/25/2013 10:01 AM, Sailesh Panchang wrote:
> For an image with text  styled like a heading, I'd say wrap an h-tag around it.
> It will work for screen reader users.
> Will aria-header work here then instead of h-tag? No need to adjust margins etc. (needed when an h-tag is inserted into the mix).
> Sailesh Panchang
> --- On Fri, 1/25/13, David MacDonald <> wrote:
> From: David MacDonald <>
> To: "'Joshue O Connor'" <>, "'Steve Faulkner'" <>
> Cc: "'Sailesh Panchang'" <>, "'WCAG'" <>,
> Date: Friday, January 25, 2013, 10:43 AM
> I suggest adapting the heading description paragraph.
> "There are almost no use cases for the use of the aria-header attribute in
> HTML because its semantics are not as rich as the native html headings.
> However, an example of where it may be useful would be where a complicated
> legacy web application is getting updated for WCAG, and the programming is
> dependent on the root nodes of the DOM, which would break the program if
> changed to a native html heading. Placing an aria-heading on it instead of a
> native html heading it would expose the heading to AT and not change the
> value of the node."
> Cheers
> David MacDonald
> CanAdapt Solutions Inc.
>    Adapting the web to all users
>              Including those with disabilities
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joshue O Connor []
> Sent: January-25-13 10:22 AM
> To: Steve Faulkner
> Cc: David MacDonald; Sailesh Panchang; WCAG;
> Hi Steve,
>> OK I would suggest if such a technique is published it should be with
>> warnings about its use.
> We do try, in a 'User Agent Notes' section in our techniques to document
> bugs/known issues with any of the them at time of writing.
> Cheers
> Josh

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