Aria-sort for pager

Justin Obara obara.justin at gmail.com
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.

	FLUID-3850: 
	After column sorted, no screen reader confirmation/indication of the fact
	http://issues.fluidproject.org/browse/FLUID-3850

	FLUID-3849: 
	No screen reader indication whether a column is/will be sorted ascending or descending
	http://issues.fluidproject.org/browse/FLUID-3849

	FLUID-3848: 
	No screen reader indication that a column has been used for sorting
	http://issues.fluidproject.org/browse/FLUID-3848

Jan had suggested that we look at the aria-sort property. 
http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/states_and_properties#aria-sort

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.

Thanks
Justin

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