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Concerns with ARIA only indicators for structural elements

From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@ssbbartgroup.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2012 09:28:31 -0500
Message-ID: <dd46574f97f7c2ab79461c55d7050477@mail.gmail.com>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
With more people embracing the use of ARIA, I am concerned that reliance on
ARIA only to convey structure will be a problem.

For example, the ARIA role of heading can be used with the level attribute
to specify headings on any element.  When a page is viewed without style
sheets or with a custom style sheet all heading levels would likely appear
the same  without a change of size that you would normally get from using
HTML heading structural elements h1, h2, h3, etc..

I believe this could violate WCAG 2 SC 1.3.1 Information and Relationships
as there is no differentiation of headings unless a custom style sheet with
CSS for the heading and level roles was implemented.

Do people see this as a user agent issue or a WCAG 2 violation?

Received on Friday, 9 November 2012 14:28:58 UTC

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