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WAI ARIA on mobile

From: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 09:26:41 +0100
Message-ID: <4A657BC1.4020805@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
CC: Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>, Henny Swan <hennys@opera.com>
Greetings from Mobile Land...

One of the participants in our Introduction to W3C Mobile Web Best 
Practices course [1], Jeff Van Campen of the London Web Standards Group 
[2], raised this issue on the discussion forum. As that forum isn't 
public, I'm copying his mail here as I don't know the answer and I'm 
interested to know!

=== Jeff's message begins===

I was at WordCamp UK over the weekend (along with fellow Mobile Best 
Practice students Laura Kalbag and Gicela Morales).

As a part of a hacking session Laura, myself and a few other WordPresser 
were looking at modifying Kubrick, the default WordPress theme, to work 
in a mobile context.

One of the issues we ran into is that Kubrick includes WAI-ARIA roles as 
of WordPress 2.8.

As we were working, we removed them, as this made validation easier.

I understand that WAI-ARIA isn't supported on any mobile browsers yet, 
but I'd like to add them to the code for two reasons:

1. So that the code is future proof
2. So that they are discoverable by people examining the code, who may 
not know about WAI-ARIA

That brings me to two questions:

1. Does anyone know of any issues with WAI-ARIA roles in existing mobile 
2. Is it likely that WAI-ARIA will be included as a module in a future 
version of XHTML Basic?

=== ends ===

[1] http://www.w3.org/2009/03/mobitrain_course_description.html
[2] http://londonwebstandards.org/


Phil Archer
W3C Mobile Web Initiative

Received on Tuesday, 21 July 2009 08:27:20 UTC

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