Re: aria-transforms?

On 20 Dec 2008, at 10:26 AM, David Bolter wrote:

> Hi all,
> This might be an ARIA 2.0 thing.
> I'm just throwing this out there. Maybe it is my Saturday morning  
> coffee
> talking but I got to thinking about DHTML inline edits, and I started
> thinking of ways we might come up with a more general solution for
> things that appear to transform themselves.

Decidedly beyond 1.0.

In the small, we will be dealing with the case you started with in the
API-binding task force when the HTML5 "content editable" property
has to be compared with @role="textbox."

But ARIA 1.0 is wrapped pretty tightly around the [common core across
APIs of] stuff that ATs already understand in the installed-code domain.

So here there are mostly-rather-local widgets where some small structure
of data are dynamic but the 'interface(s)' -- the pattern of methods and
how they are engaged from the UI device suite -- stays static and is
statically knowable by the one 'role' value.

Objects that are like the 'transformers' toy of yore that present a  
new look and feel _locally, independent of the context_ are beyond the
realm of what the AT have adaptation strategies for, and we aren't going
to launch into that domain in 1.0.

caveat: as I understand the roadmap, YMMV



The best analytical framework I can offer you for exploratory
research to create the architecture for a more general approach
is in our comments on the Multimodal-Interaction architecture
and interfaces doc. 

and follow whatever the Ubiquitous Web Aps WG does with

Maybe the highly-autonomous subdomains in a web page will do their
own adaptation and view control.  But the calculus of getting
the view to be something the user can use is the same whether you are  
about a schema for HTTP request parameters or <object> parameters.
We still need shared vocabularies to get the content and the user

> aria-transforms=[aria role(s)]
> So in the case of an inline edit, one could mark the span like this:
> <span role="button" aria-transforms="textbox">change this text</span>
> Thoughts?  Is it the coffee?  I was also thinking about an
> aria-hastextbox, akin to a haspopup, but that is a less general  
> solution
> IMO.
> cheers,
> David

Received on Monday, 22 December 2008 17:10:06 UTC