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Re: search-submit button -- required or not


From: Snahendu Bhattacharya
Date: Apr 25, 2016 4:10PM

Hi Jennifer!

I agree with your observation and had a similar thought too.

Just trying to think other perspective like the user who doesn't have
keyboard to press enter (Mobile users or other AT users)

I thought both should be present. If a user is *not able* to press ENTER
should be able to perform the same action.

Let's see what others think about this.
On Apr 25, 2016 6:02 PM, "Jennifer Sutton" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Greetings, WebAIM folks:
> What's the current thinking regarding whether a search "submit" button is
> required? Is there a specific Success Criterion that should be cited?
> I'm wondering about this because, increasingly, I'm seeing search edit
> boxes that are activated by simply using the enter key.
> Is this practice becoming accepted/known?
> How do folks who use text-input, such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, handle
> the lack of a button (with a name to speak)?
> Though it is not relevant to the particular use case I'm currently looking
> at, I also find myself thinking about the kinds of search mechanisms that
> autocomplete/suggest, as you type. These typically, as far as I recall, do
> not have "submit" buttons. I guess the idea with them is that once you stop
> typing, you've essentially "submitted." But I bring these search-suggestion
> mechanisms up because I wonder if they're contributing to the perception
> that "submit" buttons are no longer necessary for searches (whether or not
> suggestions are offered).
> In the end, I want to be sure I'm clear about whether the lack of a search
> submission button is a WCAG 2.0 issue, considered to be a general usability
> issue (for people with disabilities and/or people without), or both?
> Thank you.
> Best,
> Jennifer
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