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Re: keyboard accessibility


From: Patrick Burke
Date: Jan 29, 2015 12:05PM

There is also the HeadingsMap plugin for Firefox:
(Similar available for Google Chrome)

It's unclear to me if this creates a way to navigate through
headings, or just displays them in hierarchy form. (That is, is this
a tool for endd users or more of interest to devs?)

On a broader point, it's becoming a pet peeve of mine: Browsers
should really be providing more than Tab & Enter for navigating
content for keyb-only users. Opera is still the only one that has
more robust keyboard support, as I recall, though I'm now hazy on the details.


At 10:43 AM 1/29/2015, Angela French wrote:
>I'm a sighted user and just wondering how keyboard-only users
>navigate through a page.
>Here is the page that raised the
>question: http://www.governor.wa.gov/ . Is there a way to tab into
>the sub menus that are exposed when mousing over the top nav items?
>Also, there are blocks of content on the page and each has its own
>heading. However, if I tabbed to get to the Twitter block of
>content, how do I easily get out of it if I'm a keyboard only
>user? I wouldn't want to have to tab through every tweet to move
>onto the next block which contains the Facebook posts.
>Are there any resources you might refer me to to learn more about
>how keyboard-only users interact with pages?
>Angela French
>-----Original Message-----
>[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Karlen
>Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:32 AM
>To: WebAIM Discussion List
>Subject: Re: [WebAIM] keyboard accessibility
>Not as far as I know...this is one of the misconceptions about how
>we move through content. We only Tab through links and form controls
>and use regular reading commands for other elements.
>If you are using JAWS you can use H to move to the next heading and
>Shift + H to move to the previous heading or use JawsKey F6 to get a
>list of headings. NVDA should have similar keyboard commands.
>You might be able to "Tab" through heading that are also links, but
>it would be the "links" you are tabbing to...the fact that it is a
>heading is incidental.
>Cheers, Karen
>Sent from my iPad
> > On Jan 29, 2015, at 1:21 PM, Angela French < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> >
> > Can anyone tell me please, if there is a way to tab between
> headings on a web page? I'm not finding anything in my Google
> searches about this.

Patrick J. Burke

UCLA Disabilities &
Computing Program

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