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Re: Seeking public feedback for W3C ARIA role=form landmark mapping


From: Steve Faulkner
Date: Apr 21, 2016 3:30AM

Hi Bryan, some issues/potential issues:

The form element is problematic (i think) because it is not generally used
by developers as a part of visible UI, so it does not always represent the
form user interface area. (an example of this is use of form to wrap all
elements in a page, a pattern that is not uncommon in legacy pages using

I have heard and noted (anecdotal) that the form element can effect the way
AT interact with content, both controls and static content.

I would suggest (as has been suggested) that the form element only be
exposed/announced when it has an accessible name. This will help ensure
that a) legacy and future use of <form> without thought to its semantics in
relation to UI, will not negatively effect users. If it is the case that
the form landmark semantics are desired to be exposed, the descision to
apply an accessible name will result in a wilful desciion to expose as a
landmark in the UI.



Current Standards Work @W3C

On 19 April 2016 at 20:53, Bryan Garaventa < <EMAIL REMOVED>
> wrote:

> Hello,
> Currently the W3C ARIA Working Group is looking into a mapping change for
> the 'form' role as documented at
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2016/WD-wai-aria-1.1-20160317/#form
> At present, the form role is not mapped in the same manner as other
> landmark roles within the accessibility APIs, which is why certain landmark
> behaviors such as the ability to jump between landmark regions and other
> such features are not automatically available with forms.
> The current proposal is to remap form in the same manner as other
> landmarks to enable this functionality in the future, which will
> automatically apply to HTML form elements through their implicit role
> mappings to the ARIA role=form API mapping.
> So the question for the public is, do people want forms to act in the same
> manner as other landmarks?
> This feedback will be returned to the W3C ARIA WG for further
> consideration of this proposal.
> Thanks,
> Bryan
> Bryan Garaventa
> Accessibility Fellow
> SSB BART Group, Inc.
> 415.624.2709 (o)
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