Default Implicit ARIA semantics

The question of whether HTML elements need the addition of ARIA role attibutes to expose their semantics, is one that surfaces on a regular basis. The answer is maybe for a subset of elements, but increasingly no.

In some cases the semantics of a HTML element can be expressed by an ARIA role, state or property. This is fiendishly known as the element’s ‘Default Implicit ARIA semantics‘ARIA roles add nothing to default semantics of most elements

None of the elements defined in HTML4 need ARIA roles added to expose their default semantics. Adding an ARIA role is extra work for no gain and could lead to pain for you or somebody else. The new features defined in HTML5 , where implemented, now have their default semantics exposed by most browsers.

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