[whatwg] Dynamic content accessibility in HTML today
jg307 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Aug 14 08:05:02 PDT 2006
Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> 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.
The same argument applies, presumably, to the alt attribute. And captioning on
videos. And most other accessibility aids. The idea that accessibility
information can be entirely free is a myth - even where appropriate elements
exist people have to take the time and effort to learn and use them, and do so
in an appropriate way (see e.g. the misuse of em/strong, the weird heading
structures that people employ, the surprising number of people who think that
all markup should be replaced with <div>/<span> in the interests to
'simplicity', and numerous other examples of abused elements). So if we want
any accessibility information at all, we must focus on making it useful and easy
to provide rather than trying for "free", since free is impossible.
> 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.
I think Aaron already addressed this point by noting that people who author
their own widgets tend to be a bit more clued up than average. The availability
of many widgets in libraries then means that less able authors can get the
features for close-to free.
"You see stars that clear have been dead for years
But the idea just lives on..." -- Bright Eyes
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