[Athen] New version of W3C ARIA Authoring Practices available

joe at a11yeval.com joe at a11yeval.com
Thu Sep 12 05:20:06 PDT 2019

Hi All,

I think my biggest problem with the ARIA Authoring Practices is that they
are now a Working Group Note which is "not intended to be a formal standard"
(https://www.w3.org/2018/Process-20180201/#WGNote) and "Publication as a
Working Group Note does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership"
(https://www.w3.org/pubrules/doc/rules/?profile=FPWG-NOTE). So I don't see
any onus for both web browser or AT developers that requires them to adhere
to the ARIA Authoring Practices which means real world support for many
design patterns will be spotty or incomplete.

In addition, there are still after many revisions two design patterns that
do not have working examples and sections of the document that are still
incomplete. In the past, and it may still be the case, some examples did
not follow the design pattern recommendations or that included extra ARIA
attributes with little or no explanation for their inclusion in the example
but not the design pattern.

I am all for the creation of recommended design patterns for new and complex
widgets, but I feel this type of documentation needs to be created in a more
efficient manner with support from web browser and AT developers to ensure
they work in the real world.


Joe Humbert

Accessibility Champion

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Subject: [Athen] New version of W3C ARIA Authoring Practices available

A new version of the W3C ARIA Authoring Practices was published last month.


Changes from last publication:


This is a useful resource for web developers and designers to understand how
to use ARIA markup to create WCAG 2.1 compliant web resources and can also
be used by quality assurance testers to developing testing protocols and
provide feedback to developers and designers.


Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., CPWA

Coordinator of Accessible IT Group

University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign

1207 S. Oak Street

Champaign, IL 61820

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