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Re: Role attribute


From: deblist@suberic.net
Date: Oct 8, 2009 8:45AM

On Thu, 8 Oct 2009, Geof Collis wrote:
> I think developers need to go back to the drawing board on this one. :O)

The landmarks are just a framework that the user agent can
implement however they want. If JAWS' implementation is imperfect
for its users, then feedback from the users will (hopefully)
convince them to change the implementation.

It's not just JAWS users who benefit from landmarks, also. I am a
sighted hands-free user, and even the partial implementation in
Firefox 3 has given me access to certain new features, such as
dynamically updating page elements.

Dynamically updating page elements are probably the most exciting
feature of the specification from the point of view of the JAWS
user, although, again, the current implementation is lacking at
best. What the specification will allow is that as pages change,
as information on the changes because of the passing of time or
other events that go on in the page, the user can be notified of
those changes.

But again, the implementations in JAWS and the browsers still
have a long way to go.