Re: Use of role="application" for flash files

Hi James.

It is my understanding that the role application applies to web mark up as 
such.  am I correct in my thinking and if I am, since flash and other media 
players are (helpers), they are not true *web* applications?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "James Craig" <>
To: "Victor Tsaran" <>
Cc: "Steven Faulkner" <>; "W3C WAI-XTECH" 
<>; <>
Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 2:22 PM
Subject: Re: Use of role="application" for flash files

I can see the benefit of using application on a Flash movie for the
sake of landmark navigation, but it also is intended to communicate to
the UA/AT to switch from ‘document browsing’ mode into ‘application
interface’ mode, so it doesn’t make as much sense b/c Flash movies
aren’t ARIA applications. In a sense, because Flash isn’t accessible
on all systems, and because the interface is very different from the
web browser’s interface, the author is promising the user something
they can’t always deliver, or may not deliver in the way the user

In theory, on the platforms where Flash is accessible, the Flash
player could/should communicate role, state, and property information
directly to the accessibility API, instead of going through the
browser via ARIA.

On Jan 16, 2009, at 9:07 AM, Victor Tsaran wrote:

> I think in general this is a good idea. However, considering how many
> Flash movies on the Internet are inaccessible, this may cause more
> confusion for the end-user if they are suddenly are left with no
> virtual
> cursor and, subsequently, no ability to review the movie's content.
> Victor
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [] On
> Behalf Of Steven Faulkner
> Sent: Friday, January 16, 2009 8:09 AM
> Cc: PF
> Subject: Use of role="application" for flash files
> I recieved a question about the use of role="application" for Flash
> files in web pages.
> My response was
> "The role of application does something quite specific, it tells the
> AT
> to switch modes (if the AT uses them). It was only added as a landmark
> role the other day, so I don't think the PF WG have thought about it
> in
> terms of its landmark use. It would make sense for a flash movie
> that is
> an interactive widget to be given a role="application" i guess..."
> (
> any thoughts or guidance on this?
> While on this subject, with the behaviour of some AT being the
> switching
> of modes when a container with role="application" is encountered, will
> this not have a negative effect upon the navigability of landmark
> roles,
> as it is my understanding that landmark role navigation will only work
> in virtual mode?
> --
> with regards
> Steve Faulkner
> Technical Director - TPG Europe
> Director - Web Accessibility Tools Consortium
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