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Re: Is this a keyboard trap?


From: Steve Green
Date: Mar 25, 2010 11:36AM

Internet Explorer 8 does the same. The source code is horrendous - I've
never seen so much JavaScript. That's the root of the problem.

I have no idea why they coded it that way - there doesn't appear to be any
reason to have done so.

They may have used some evil authoring tool to perpetrate this website. I
can't think of any other reason why there would be 173 blank lines before
the doctype. That doesn't cause any problems, but it makes you suspect that
a human being has never looked at the code.

Steve Green
Test Partners Ltd

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Angela Colter
Sent: 25 March 2010 13:16
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Is this a keyboard trap?

I'm using keyboard commands: Firefox on the Mac, IE 7 on PC.

Interestingly, I can trigger all the links in Lynxlet, the text browser for


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On Mar 25, 2010, at 7:37 AM, "J. B-Vincent" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Angela: Are you running a screen reader, or just using Windows
> keyboard commands?
> --Jane Vincent, Center for Accessible Technology
> --- On Thu, 3/25/10, Angela Colter < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> From: Angela Colter < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Subject: [WebAIM] Is this a keyboard trap?
> To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 3:19 AM
> Hi folks,
> I've come across a behavior on a web page I don't think I've
> encountered before. I'm hoping someone on the list can help me
> understand what's going on.
> On https://personal.vanguard.com/us/home?fromPage=portal I can tab to
> all the linked text and form elements when I'm using Firefox. I can't
> *trigger*any of the text links, but I can tab to them. I think that's
> because of the anchor tags having "onclick" attributes without a
> corresponding "onkeypress"
> attribute.
> But here's the weird thing: When I use IE 7, after I reach the first
> text link ("Forgot user name or password") I can't tab to ANY of the
> other links on the page. The next item to receive focus is the
> browser's address bar, followed by browser tabs and so forth. And the
> focus never goes back to the elements in the web page.
> So here's my question: any idea what's causing this?
> Thanks for the help and any advice you care to bestow.
> Angela
> --
> Angela Colter
> Usability Consultant
> Web: http://www.angelacolter.com
> Twitter: @angelacolter