Accessibility Minutes 2015 09 25

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  • Jon Gunderson (University of Illinois) - Chair
  • Marc Johlic (IBM)
  • Todd Weissenberger (University of Iowa)
  • Nicholas Hoyt (University of Illinois) - scribe


Final review of rules and messaging prior to release of 1.0 beta

Reading Order Rules


JG: Last week we had two Reading Order rules that we discussed, but based on that discussion, the more important rule seemed to be the CSS positioning rule

JG: The other rule was about the relationship of sectioning elements and reading order. We decided to delete it, as it wasn't clear what the exact relationships were.

NH: I will do some editing to the messaging of Order 1 (minor)

Landmark Rules


JG: Next rules: Landmark 2, 16, 17, 18

JG: Landmark 2: All content must be contained in landmarks

MJ: How important is it not to add role=x on sectioning elements with default role

JG: According to Steve Faulkner's data, all modern browsers will be able to find the default roles for these HTML5 elements.

JG: But if you do add the default roles, we don't consider it an error


JG: Landmark 16: region landmark must have accessible name


JG: Landmark 17: Landmarks must be uniquely identifiable

JG: We had previously talked about accessible label; we've now dropped the use of that term

JG: Screen readers read the role, followed by the accessible name if there is one

JG: Need to disambiguate when there are multiple instances of landmarks with the same role

Group consensus: Makes sense


JG: Landmark 18: Landmarks must identify content regions

NH: We address 6 of the 8 landmark roles; we don't include 'application' or 'form'

JG: Will change list of target resources in JS code to omit 'article'

Image Rules


JG: Image 1: Images must have alt text

JG: Image 2: Alt text must summarize purpose

JG: Image 3: Alt text must not include filename

JG: Image 4: Alt text no more than 100 characters


JG: Image 5: Verify image is decorative


JG: Image 6: Long description for complex images



JG: Looks like we have consensus to publish 1.0.0-beta

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