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Remove Landmark Roles #1132

davidakennedy opened this Issue Jun 23, 2017 · 1 comment


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davidakennedy commented Jun 23, 2017

With WordPress moving ahead with better browser support, and _s supporting Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and Edge, as well as the latest two versions of all other major browsers, removing the landmarks roles makes sense.

They're implied with the proper HTML5 markup, and warnings are given in most code checking tools if they're added. For more information, see this post from 2015 by Steve Faulkner that recommends dropping them.

We've kept them for quite awhile to have better support with assistive technology, but it's time to move forward.

I brought this up with the WordPress Accessibility team, and they're for it.



and probably more. 😄

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davidakennedy added a commit that referenced this issue Jun 23, 2017

Remove landmark roles
* With better browser support, these roles aren't needed now.
* Most newer browsers imply them via HTML5 semantics. See:

Fixes #1132

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samikeijonen Jun 23, 2017


Go for it.


samikeijonen commented Jun 23, 2017

Go for it.

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