[whatwg] Dynamic content accessibility in HTML today

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Mon Aug 14 06:48:06 PDT 2006

On Mon, 14 Aug 2006 06:36:40 -0700, James Graham <jg307 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> But XBL works with ~0 assistive technologies and is presumably going to  
> be complex to implement properly. Whilst, in general, I agree that  
> having elements used in the correct way to provide semantic information  
> is desirable, I think that adopting a technology that is already  
> implemented and proven to solve real problems is a better approach than  
> waiting on a complex future specification to be finished and implemented.

So a while ago I posted  
http://annevankesteren.nl/2006/06/accessibility-ideas some of my thoughts  
regarding role=""... Basically, I don't really see authors taking extra  
steps to make things accessible. Accessibility should just be an integral  
part of the language, otherwise I don't think it will work. For authors it  
will seem that without role="" their custom widgets will work so there's  
no real benefit in adding it unless you work for some big company that  
hires a few "accessibility experts" who tell you to add it.

Anne van Kesteren

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