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Bug 10439 - <input type=file> has "button" role, but is typically a compound control
Summary: <input type=file> has "button" role, but is typically a compound control
Alias: None
Product: WHATWG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: Unsorted
Assignee: steve faulkner
QA Contact: contributor
Keywords: a11y, aria
Depends on:
Blocks: 10066
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Reported: 2010-08-26 03:28 UTC by Maciej Stachowiak
Modified: 2012-07-18 18:47 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Maciej Stachowiak 2010-08-26 03:28:04 UTC
<input type=file> is typically presented as a compound control - for example:

Firefox: text field + button as in Firefox
Safari: button + optional icon + label

It is important to expose all parts of the control, so a "button" role for the whole thing is inappropriate. It would be better to have the default role be no role, since ARIA doesn't have a corresponding role for this particular compound control.
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2010-08-26 19:04:22 UTC
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Status: Accepted
Change Description: see diff given below
Rationale: Concurred with reporter's comments.
Comment 2 contributor 2010-08-26 19:05:27 UTC
Checked in as WHATWG revision r5362.
Check-in comment: fix role for <input type=file>
Comment 3 Michael Cooper 2010-12-15 14:39:02 UTC
Bug triage sub-team thinks the ARIA mapping team should review and update this bug as the mappings are prepared, but no need for entire HTML A11Y TF to review. Note bug triage sub-team thinks it's possible the "fix" is actually a negative accessibility benefit, but not sure. ARIA mapping team should escalate if needed. Assigning to Steve Faulkner to track.