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Re: Where does invisible link text fail WCAG2?


From: deborah.kaplan@suberic.net
Date: Jul 20, 2015 10:34AM

On Mon, 20 Jul 2015, Lynn Holdsworth wrote:
> I don't have any statistics around how many people use a keyboard to
> mitigate for a disability. If there aren't many, then I guess this
> turns into a usability issue.

No, if there were not many keyboard users, that actually wouldn't turn
this accessibility issue into a usability issue. It is still an
accessibility issue for all of those speech recognition and keyboard
users (much speech recognition navigation comes from emulating the

Now the fact is, there actually are a large number (not that I have any
of the statistics at my fingertips). But there's no caveat in WCAG saying
that if there are only a small number of people with a disability, their
accessibility needs don't exist. If you want to create an accessible
site, you have to accommodate users with accessibility needs, without
trying to anticipate how many of those users exist. If your site isn't
accessible to keyboard users, you will think there are no
keyboard-only/speech recognition users in the world, because none of
us will come to your site.

Deborah Kaplan