Accessibility Minutes 2014 11 07

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  • Ann Abbott (IBM)
  • Charlie Cook (National Federation of the Blind)
  • Jon Gunderson (University of Illinois)
  • Marc Johlic (IBM)
  • Nicholas Hoyt (University of Illinois) - Scribe


Changes to the OpenAjax Evaluation Library: Updated APIs

AA: /member/wiki/Accessibility_Evaluation_Library_Objects_and_APIs

NH: We have refactored the underlying code, renamed methods and objects to fit more closely with the conceptual model, and added new objects to support features we plan for future iterations of our tools.

NH: Rulesets are now immutable objects, obtainable from a new object named RulesetManager.

NH: We have been discussing the creation of a non-ARIA ruleset with the Open Accessibility Alliance group.

Ann: Can you meet WCAG requirements without using ARIA? JG: WIth legacy websites it is possible. We will not be discussing that ruleset here, but understanding the needs of those users will help us find how best to promote the use of ARIA.


Open Tickets and Bug Tracker for OAA Library

JG: Now that we're getting a lot more use of the tools, we've begun recording issues in the Sourceforge Bug Tracker.

JG: Currently 46 open issues.

JG: Would like to use this issues list as a driver of our discussions in this group.

JG: First step, rate each issue from 1 to 5, with 1 being most important and 5 being least important.


JG: Supporting default focusing style of the platform.

JG: Rule would produce either violation or warning if outline has been set to none, or border width set to zero.

JG: Or if focus pseudo-element has been used, except we are unable to get dynamic focus information from the DOM.

JG: I have verified that we can get outline information from links and form controls.

JG: Is that a rule we should have?

NH: Consensus was yes.

JG: How do we handle cases when developer has used :focus element?

AA: At IBM, we allow someone to annotate in the report that they have handled it.

AA: If you accommodate visual focus in another way, you can annotate this error as not a violation.

NH: We don't currently have an annotation feature, so not sure how our current tools will handle this.

JG: We will try it out this way, and see how it works.


JG: What requirement would this be related to?

AA: 4.1.2, name, role and value

JG: V or W?

NH: Consensus is violation.

AA: Which native HTML elements could fail this?

JG: role= link, button, checkbox, radio, textbox, listbox

JG: Also, there is a list role.

CC: Are there instances where someone places an ARIA role on a native element that is a completely different role?

JG: Yes, e.g., checkboxes on tree items, generally it makes things more difficult.

JG: Getting the styling and behavior you want.

Meeting Schedule

JG: Would like to meet three times per month as an overall goal - 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays.

JG: Next meeting will be Friday, Dec. 5th at 2 pm CST.

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