Last Comment Bug 739599 - [Instant messaging] Make the conversation output a WAI-ARIA live region
: [Instant messaging] Make the conversation output a WAI-ARIA live region
Product: Thunderbird
Classification: Client Software
Component: Disability Access (show other bugs)
: Trunk
: All All
: -- normal (vote)
: Thunderbird 16.0
Assigned To: Nobody; OK to take it and work on it
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Reported: 2012-03-27 07:50 PDT by Marco Zehe (:MarcoZ)
Modified: 2012-06-15 04:01 PDT (History)
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Patch (834 bytes, patch)
2012-06-08 04:11 PDT, Florian Quèze [:florian] [:flo]
clokep: review+
mzehe: feedback+
standard8: approval‑comm‑aurora+
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Description User image Marco Zehe (:MarcoZ) 2012-03-27 07:50:15 PDT
Making it a live region makes sure screen readers speak the output as soon as it happens without the user having to review every bit of it manually. This can be done by adding aria-live="polite" to the top most parent element of what contains the chat output. So if there's a div around the elements containing all the conversation text, use that, or the body element of that HTML output widget.
Comment 1 User image Florian Quèze [:florian] [:flo] 2012-06-08 04:11:48 PDT
Created attachment 631342 [details] [diff] [review]

Marco, if I understood what you want correctly, this trivial patch should do it.

Note: we received a very similar request for Instantbird at and an older request at which we understood at the time as wanting the aria attribute on each message, rather than the whole message area. That was more difficult to enforce (as message themes can be customized) and regressed since the fix.
Comment 2 User image Marco Zehe (:MarcoZ) 2012-06-08 04:19:14 PDT
Comment on attachment 631342 [details] [diff] [review]

Yes, this looks correct!
Comment 3 User image Florian Quèze [:florian] [:flo] 2012-06-12 02:27:34 PDT
Comment on attachment 631342 [details] [diff] [review]

[Approval Request Comment]
I think we want accessibility fixes of the chat feature on aurora for Tb15.
Comment 4 User image Mark Banner (:standard8) 2012-06-12 03:09:48 PDT
Comment on attachment 631342 [details] [diff] [review]

Yes definitely.
Comment 5 User image Florian Quèze [:florian] [:flo] 2012-06-14 07:22:22 PDT
Comment 6 User image Florian Quèze [:florian] [:flo] 2012-06-15 04:01:50 PDT

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