RE: CFC Add Accessible Name (was Speech Input) to editors draft

I’m still a +1 on this for sure, but in doing some reading last night I realized some inconsistencies with WCAG 2.0 terms.  Here’s what I posted to GitHub…

I realize this one has already passed a CFC, but here are some editorial recommendations to use existing WCAG 2.0 terminology. Not making such changes may lead to confusion.

1.       Replace "control" with "user interface component" and link to glossary

2.       Link to glossary for "label". Note that the definition of label implies it is visible (i.e. "presented to all users"), so the initial clause may not really be necessary, but a label can also be a text alternative so slight word changes may be needed.

3.       Instead of adding an "accessible name" term, we really should be using the existing "name" term in the glossary used in 4.1.2. It's the same thing with a very different definition.

4.       Given the last point, we probably need a better handle for this SC than "accessible name", but I'm drawing a blank at the moment.

I think something like this would work:

“For active user interface components with labels that include text, the name includes the text of the label.”

Also, I think we need to take a hard look at removing this sentence from note 1 of the definition of label:
In many (but not all) cases the name and the label are the same.
Unless I'm mistaken, this criterion would make that sentence non-compliant, correct?


From: Jim Allan []
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2017 10:42 AM
To: Joshue O Connor <>
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Subject: Re: CFC Add Accessible Name (was Speech Input) to editors draft


On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:09 AM, Joshue O Connor <<>> wrote:
Call For Consensus — ends Monday June 26th at 1:00pm Boston time.

The Working Group has reviewed and approved a Success Criterion for inclusion in the Editor’s Draft: "Accessible Name" with the goal of obtaining additional input external to the working group.


"Where an active control has a visible label, the accessible name for the control includes the text string used for its visible label."

Survey results:

GIT Hub:

If you have concerns about this proposed consensus position that have not been discussed already and feel that those concerns result in you “not being able to live with” this decision, please let the group know before the CfC deadline.

Joshue O Connor
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