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Accessibility of web content requires semantic information about widgets, structures, and behaviors, in order to allow assistive technologies to convey appropriate information to persons with disabilities. This specification provides an ontology of roles, states, and properties that define accessible user interface elements and can be used to improve the accessibility and interoperability of web content and applications. These semantics are designed to allow an author to properly convey user interface behaviors and structural information to assistive technologies in document-level markup. This document is part of the WAI-ARIA suite described in the WAI-ARIA Overview.
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This is a Proposed Recommendation of WAI-ARIA 1.0 by the Protocols & Formats Working Group of the Web Accessibility Initiative. WAI-ARIA 1.0 was published as a Candidate Recommendation on 18 January 2011. Since then the Working Group has collected implementation experience for the specification. For details about implementation experience and disposition of items at risk in the Candidate Recommendation, see the WAI-ARIA 1.0 Implementation Report. A history of changes to WAI-ARIA 1.0 is available.
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