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On disabled and aria-disabled attributes


Here Kitty illustrates the difference between disabled (which makes a form control or button unusable) and aria-disabled (which merely communicates that an element is disabled but does not actually disable it). Not that you should disable buttons since it’s quite confusing.

I’m just thinking of this tweet I read once which was like:

Think of WAI-ARIA like Ariana Grande. Much like how Ariana Grande tries to look Asian, Black and so on without actually being those, ARIA makes an element look like something whilst it actually isn’t.

Evidently this was years ago as Ariana has resolved to be Italian white.