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Re: Focus for error messages


From: Keith Parks
Date: Apr 19, 2007 2:50PM

On Apr 19, 2007, at 1:07 PM, tedd wrote:

> Is a javascript solution using pop-ups OK, or not? If it is, then js
> can evaluate each text field while, or after, the user enters
> something and then create a pop-up to tell the user if there is an
> error. However, I don't know how JAWS works with pop-ups.

Just to expand that question, does anyone know how screen readers
deal with system-level ALERT boxes?

In trying to address the "time out notification" requirement of 508
(p), we went with a message in an ALERT box, as opposed to a browser
window pop-up, which is what I assume people are talking about in
this thread.

Given the level of pop-up blocking users frequently have in force, it
seemed like the most reliable way to get the notice to display. Plus
I assumed that screen readers would have some mechanism to deal with
system-level messages like that.

Did I assume wrong?

Keith Parks
Graphic Designer/Web Designer
Student Affairs Communications Services
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7444

(619) 594-1046


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