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Re: aria scrollbar role and jaws.

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From: Bryan Garaventa
Date: Aug 24, 2012 2:15PM


I'm curious what other people's views are about this as well.

I've never seen what the value is for having the role of scrollbar is, since
all content within scrollable divs is already accessible to screen reader
users as offscreen text anyway, so scrolling something that has only visual
significance has no value for screen reader users. Also, since ARIA only
works for screen reader users, the point is equally mystifying.

I have used CSS to indicate when a scrollable div has focus though, which
seems to work well for conveying when a div has focus for keyboard users.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ramya Sethuraman" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2012 11:52 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] aria scrollbar role and jaws.


> Hi,
>
> Has anyone used the aria scrollbar role with jaws? I am on FF 14.0.1 and
> using Jaws 13 and when I tab to a div marked with tabindex 0, role
> scrollbar and a label, Jaws does not announce that the region is
> scrollable. Even if a jaws user is able to scroll through a region, focus
> remains where it previously was, is it useful for screen reader users to
> be
> able to scroll?
>
> My other related question is, what is the best practice to be followed
> w.r.t scrollable areas? For eg, how will keyboard only users know that a
> custom container is scrollble? What visual indication can we provide to
> them?
>
> Thanks!
> Ramya
> > >