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Need clarification on ARIA datepicker widget pattern - is datepicker a role or not a role?


From: Claudia.Case@wellsfargo.com
Date: May 5, 2011 12:51PM

I'm a little confused about the WAI-ARIA datepicker widget pattern. In WAI-ARIA, is datepicker an actual WAI-ARIA role or is it just a pattern? I guess I'm confused between widget patterns and roles. Somehow I was thinking that each widget pattern was also an ARIA role but it seems I've got that wrong.

Can anyone clear up the confusion for me? And, if datepicker is not an actually role, how do we communicate the datepicker-ness to assistive tech users?


Claudia Alden Case
Web User Experience & Accessibility Consultant | Wells Fargo Bank
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