Using ARIA in HTML

ARIA and HTML5I have published an intial draft of a document I have been working on which attempts to provide practical advice to developers on what ARIA to use in HTML:

Using ARIA in HTML – intial draft

My intention is to provide a non normative resource that fills in the gaps in the current HTML5 specification and a document that is more readable (i.e. less jargonist) It does deviate from HTML5 in some of its suggestions, these deviations are based on current implementation realities.

Feedback/comments welcome!

Categories: Development

About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Chief Accessibility Officer at TPGi. He joined TPGi in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at vision australia. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C Web Platforms Working Group and the W3C ARIA Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including ARIA in HTML and HTML Accessibility API Mappings 1.0. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility and the JAWS bug tracker/standards support.


Hi there…

I’m a web journalist currently losing my sight, so am engaged in finding out as much as possible about what’s going on with accessibility for professional and very personal reasons both!

Is there a good overview of the current industry take on ARIA? My job has involved me fairly heavily in web dev, so I’m (mildly) comfortable in the specs and discussion docs, but I’d love to get a feel for how and when it’s likely to start making a practical difference, where the debates are going on, and if there may be practical contributions I could make.



Steve Faulkner says:

Hi Rupert,
To follow and or contribute to discussions the following lists are useful:

Free ARIA Google Group


WAI – Interest Group mailing list

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