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WAI-ARIA Support

This article demonstrates how to enable and use the WAI-ARIA support of the RadAutoCompleteBox control.

The WAI-ARIA Suite defines an approach to make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. RadAutoCompleteBox offers WAI-ARIA support.

In order to enable the WAI-ARIA support, set the control's EnableAriaSupport property to true as shown in the example below.

Example 1: Setting the EnalbeAriaSupport property for RadAutoCompleteBox

<telerik:RadAutoCompleteBox runat="server"
RadAutoCompleteBox1.EnableAriaSupport = true;
RadAutoCompleteBox1.EnableAriaSupport = true

In order to use WAI-ARIA the form element on the page must have a role attribute set to "application" (<form id="form1" runat="server" role="application">). For more information on this requirement see: W3C: WAI-ARIA

An issue with the use of WAI-ARIA is that using ARIA attributes results in invalid HTML mark-up. When you run a HTML document containing ARIA attributes through the W3C Validator it shows errors in the results for any ARIA attributes. The reason is that the DOCTYPE declarations do not include any information about the WAI ARIA attributes and you cannot have a valid document which includes elements, attributes, and attribute values, not detailed in its DTD’s.

Enabling WAI-ARIA support of a RadAutoCompleteBox will also allow you to adjust the aria-label and aria-describedby attributes of the control by using the Label and DescribedBy properties in the AriaSettings tag.

Example 2: Adjusting aria-label and aria-describedby attributes in RadAutoCompleteBox.

<telerik:RadAutoCompleteBox RenderMode="Lightweight" ID="RadAutoCompleteBox1" runat="server" EnableAriaSupport="true">
    <AriaSettings Label="Label for this autocomplete." DescribedBy="describe_autocomplete" />

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