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Re: Initial focus on search field?


From: deborah.kaplan@suberic.net
Date: Sep 22, 2014 2:51PM

It is an actively terrible thing for this keyboard user. I rely heavily on Mouseless Browsing and keyboard builtins. Focus capture often means I'm blankly dictating/typing my navigation commands, frustrated because nothing is working, and never notice that the wee search box off in the top right has been capturing all of my keystrokes. And yes, cursor focus, when present, is usually very difficult to see.

Deborah Kaplan

On Mon, 22 Sep 2014, Don Mauck wrote:

> The biggest problem we face is that most developers who don't understand accessibility think that placing focus on the first editable field is a good idea when in fact, it is a bad idea, even for keyboard users. From what I've been told a keyboard can have no cursor focus, that gives them that "flying blind".