Archive for November 4th, 2008

ARIA Validation Problems

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) is a technical specification that allows programmers to specify sections of a page as applications rather than as static parts of a document.  It is a relatively new technology and is likely to become an accessibility standard in the near future.

The inevitable transition to make ARIA commonplace is likely to be slowed by one major drawback - It does not validate to current W3C standards.  To put it simply, this is best considered as a result of “out of date” validators rather than incorrect syntax.  However, pages that are seen to fail a validation check can reflect badly on a site making it appear to have accessibility problems.

The latest edition of Word Press is one example of a program to use ARIA commands. Running this page though a validator in the near future will likely return errors even though the page meets all current standards.