Aria-sort for pager

Justin Obara obara.justin at
Tue Nov 30 19:00:41 UTC 2010

Harris and I have been looking into the following jiras, which all have to do with sorting the data in the pager component.

	After column sorted, no screen reader confirmation/indication of the fact

	No screen reader indication whether a column is/will be sorted ascending or descending

	No screen reader indication that a column has been used for sorting

Jan had suggested that we look at the aria-sort property.

Harris mocked up some tests for this, but the screen readers weren't reading them back. We have confirmed that Firefox is exposing it, but it seems like the readers just aren't supporting it yet. 

So the question is, what should we do? We can implement aria-sort , when the screen readers finally support it, it will work. Otherwise we could implement a work around. 

I would suggest that we at least create a patch of the aria-sort implementation and if we don't commit it to trunk we should make a branch so that we have something to take to the screen reader vendors. We will definitely attempt to contact NVDA and possibly JAWS about getting it working.


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