alert role identifies a live region with very important, and usually time-sensitive, information. When the information changes in this type of live region, a message is typically sent that interrupts the current speech being spoken by a screen reader. Examples includes transaction errors that are cancelling or impeding the progress of completing a financial transaction.
log role identifies a type of live region where new information is added in a meaningful order and old information may disappear. Examples include chat logs, messaging history, game log, or an error log.
status role identifies a live region that contains an advisory message, but one that is not important enough to justify an
alert role. This type of region is often, but not necessarily, presented as a status bar, and announcements of informational changes are typically delayed until a break occurs in the current speech being read by the screen reader software.
- When the
aria-atomic attribute is specified for a live region, it indicates to assistive technologies that when a change occurs, it should re-render all of the content or just the changes.
- The optional
aria-relevant attribute on a live region indicates what types of informational changes should be communicated to the user (e.g.
aria-live attribute can be used to create custom live regions, with possible values of
off. When used in conjunction with the ARIA
status roles, care must be taken in order to avoid conflicts with the default properties of those roles.