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Re: Does WCAG require that when you click a label it checks the checkbox or radio button?


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Nov 19, 2015 10:04AM

On 19/11/2015 16:57, Paul Adam wrote:
> http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/keyboard-operation-keyboard-operable.html
> 2.1.1 Keyboard: All functionality of the content is operable through a keyboard interface without requiring specific timings for individual keystrokes, except where the underlying function requires input that depends on the path of the user's movement and not just the endpoints. (Level A)
> I'm choosing NOT to water down WCAG and say that a button element only has to work with enter key when in reality all native <button>s work with enter and spacebar.

You talk of "watering down", but: unless there is normative text that
specifically says so, all we're "watering down" here is *your*

> http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/ensure-compat-rsv.html
> 4.1.2 Name, Role, Value: For all user interface components (including but not limited to: form elements, links and components generated by scripts), the name and role can be programmatically determined; states, properties, and values that can be set by the user can be programmatically set; and notification of changes to these items is available to user agents, including assistive technologies. (Level A)
> I'm saying that if you use the role of button but you don't implement that role like a native button then you're not meeting Name, Role, Value.

Again, that seems to be more *your* interpretation, rather than what
WCAG actually normatively says.

To be clear: I understand that in practice these things should be done
(and indeed, in many reports for clients, I've been known to write
lengthy stretches starting with "Although X meets the letter of WCAG, we
however strongly advise that..."). But, if you are tasked with auditing
against WCAG, it's best IMHO not to fail a particular SC based on your
expanded interpretation that is nowhere in the actual normative text.

Patrick H. Lauke

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