Nic's Accessibility Minute

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First Rule of ARIA

What’s the first rule of ARIA?

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Welcome to Nic’s accessibility minute

The first rule of ARIA is not to use ARIA.

What’s ARIA? It’s the Accessible Rich Internet Application. It’s a set of specifications you can use to make your markup, your HTML, more accessible. Except that you should use native HTML elements everywhere you can.

HTML has gotten better since ARIA was released. And there are a lot of elements we can use now without having to rely on ARIA.

So, if you can, use native HTML. Avoid ARIA. Use ARIA only when you need to.

There you go!

Published on February 1, 2022