[whatwg] A plea to Hixie to adopt <main>
Jukka K. Korpela
jkorpela at cs.tut.fi
Wed Nov 7 07:10:05 PST 2012
2012-11-07 16:53, Steve Faulkner wrote:
> ARIA roles are used because the semantics are not fully implemented in
> browsers yet.
It's a bit more complicated than that, isn't it? ARIA roles are also,
and originally, meant for describing the meaning of elements that are
used in "rich Internet applications" in a manner that cannot be deduced
from the HTML markup. For example, if you set up a <span> element that
like a checkbox, then the ARIA role attribute is needed to inform
browsers and assistive software about this.
Besides, many distinctions that can be made with ARIA roles cannot be
described in HTML as currently defined. But that's not a big issue
really, and it does not mean that corresponding elements should be added
to HTML. ARIA has its role (no pun intended), and software that can
currently handle role="foo" would really benefit nothing from the
introduction of a <foo> element. It would be just some new stuff that
should be supported in addition to existing support.
So the existence of something as an ARIA role value does not imply that
a correspoding element should be added to HTML if not already present
there. But neither does it constitute a counterargument to adding new
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