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Re: WAI ARIA on mobile

From: Henny Swan <hennys@opera.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 07:33:33 +0100
Cc: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, Shawn Henry <shawn@w3.org>
Message-Id: <DE0E0197-A83F-4B36-9C0C-4E14D3738982@opera.com>
To: Jeff Van Campen <jeff@otrops.com>
Hi All,

I would agree with what has been said by Marco. WAI-ARIA needs to be  
fully implemented in the Desktop before it can be contemplated in  
mobile. RIM are indeed talking about it as are we over at Opera.

There's not a whole lot of information out there beyond that at the  
moment to my knowledge however. I'm guessing because it's early days.


On 21 Jul 2009, at 22:33, Jeff Van Campen wrote:

> Hello,
> Peter Westwood, Marco Zehe and I had a quick discussion about this on
> twitter (see http://twitter.com/MarcoZehe/status/2727754646 for
> Marco's response).
> But if anyone has any information on issues with WAI ARIA (other than
> a lack of support) in mobile browsers, I'd love to know about it.
> Thanks,
> -jeff
> On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM, Phil Archer <phila@w3.org> wrote:
>> 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 browsers?
>> 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
>> http://www.w3.org/Mobile
>> http://philarcher.org

Henny Swan
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