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From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Jun 29, 2016 6:03AM


I am actually writing a blog on this very issue, as a follow-up from a
CSUN presentation/panel I did with my colleague CB Averitt.
It won't deliver a final answer (if it did Iccessibility would be
simpler), but it will point out someof the nuances and a few rules of
thumb we can follow.
I will make sure to post back to the list when the blog is live.


On 6/29/16, Joshua Hori < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Is it wrapped in a div by itself? That may be a reason to argue that it's a
> button and requires a role. (I'm looking you and your submit "button"
> SurveyGizmo...) You could prove that it doesn't work when you attempt to get
> keyboard focus on it. (works fine on mobile)
>
>
> If it's just a link, a CSS file is most likely matching the image to the
> link, making it look like a button. Arguments will flare as you will be able
> to get keyboard focus and it's labeled with alt tags. (The developers will
> ask: Should social media be buttons too?)
>
>
> Another consideration is that JAWS treats buttons and links differently. As
> a button, users can press B to get directly to them. As links you can bring
> up a links list, and press P until you hear print. Or just perform a JAWS
> find for "Print". All ways are accessible, although some ways may take a few
> additional button presses.
>
>
> Just wait until we have to make web VR accessible: https://aframe.io/
>
>
> Best,
>
>
> Joshua Hori
>
> Accessible Technology Analyst
>
> Student Disability Center
>
> 54 Cowell Building
>
> Davis, CA 95616
>
>
> > From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > on behalf of
> Jonathan Avila < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 5:25:03 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Use of hyperlinks instead of buttons
>
>> In the site, they have used hyperlinks were it should have been buttons.
>> For example, there is a print link that lauches the browser's print
>> functionality. Under which criteria does it fail WCAG?
>
> Many people would say that it does not fail WCAG -- some say it does. I
> suppose if it looks like a button you have a case to argue for SC 1.3.1
> Information and Relationships -- but arguably this issue is problematic for
> all users as you really don't know what's going to happen when you click a
> visual link or button as some designs use them interchangeably.
>
> Jonathan
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf
> Of Bruno Girard
> Sent: Tuesday, June 28, 2016 3:28 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: [WebAIM] Use of hyperlinks instead of buttons
>
> Hello group,
>
> I am auditing a site right now. I've been looking throught WCAG criterias,
> techniques and failure but I haven't found the answer to my question yet.
>
> In the site, they have used hyperlinks were it should have been buttons.
> For example, there is a print link that lauches the browser's print
> functionality.
>
> Under which criteria does it fail WCAG?
>
> Thanks
> Bruno
> > > http://webaim.org/discussion/archives
> > > > > > > > > >


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