new tag and possible new aria role

# Michael A. Peters (18 hours ago)

On webites that either are age restricted and/or have content that may be offensive to some people, often (but not as often as I'd like) there is a warning splashscreen that the server puts in the page if the user has not already agreed to see such content.

One way to do this is with a div that has absolute positioning and a z-index that covers the content until the user clicks enter or whatever, then it does an ajax call to lett the server the user has verified they want to see the content and removes the div.

I would suggest a tagName "splashscreen" for this purpose. It would have the same properties as a div only it would have semantic meaning so that people using screen readers would know it is important.

An aria landmark of splashscreen would also properly distinguish it from complementary which is what I currently use for it (I would use banner but only one banner landmark per page is allowed).

Just a thought, I won't defend the thought but if it seems reasonable to the powers that be, I think it is worth it.

These splash screens do serve a different purpose than any other semantic tag.

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# Yay295 (18 hours ago)

I think the alertdialog role fits here.

On Sun, Nov 12, 2017 at 1:03 AM, Michael A. Peters <mpeters at>


# Michael A. Peters (17 hours ago)

Thank you! That does seem like it is exactly what I need.

# Johannes Spangenberg (14 hours ago)

There is another problem with Modals on webpages. When there is a modal created through HTML and CSS, the user can still select items in the background by pressing tab. It seems that there is no good solution to prevent it.

Am 12.11.2017 um 09:59 schrieb Michael A. Peters:

# Michael A. Peters (14 hours ago)

Yes but since I always have the div first in HTML the user is likely to always be aware of it, so skipping it in a screen reader is really little different than just pressing the agree button - they have been informed of the type of content.

# Michael A. Peters (14 hours ago)

Was just informed that using aria-hidden solves the problem of content being there that shouldn't be seen in a screen reader until agreed, so that issue has a solution too.

I guess none of this really is meaningful to this list - sorry for the noise.

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