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Re: Is aria-hidden supposed to only hide content for screen readers/assistive technology, or is it supposed to hide content altogether?


From: Jared Smith
Date: Dec 27, 2012 10:25AM

On Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 9:46 AM, Steve Faulkner wrote:

> Unclear where the confusion about how aria-hidden comes from.

The confusion lies in a disconnect between how the ARIA spec defines
aria-hidden and the many actual and beneficial uses of it that have
been described in this thread.

The spec defines aria-hidden as, "Indicates that the element and all
of its descendants are not visible or perceivable *to any user*..."
Yet we've outlined here many use cases for hiding content from screen
reader users that is visible or perceivable to sighted users. Of
course reality and current implementations matter more than what the
specification says. If the predominant usage of ARIA is contradictory
to the specification's description, then the spec should probably be
updated to match reality (e.g., get rid of "to any user").