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From: Lovely, Brian (CONT)
Date: Jun 29, 2016 7:06AM


Looking forward to that Birkir!

Technically, using a link as a button without providing a role attribute of "button" fails the "role can be programmatically determined" part of WCAG criteria 4.1.2. In a situation where you are trying to get designers and developers to think about the semantic meaning of HTML elements, it doesn't hurt to point out that a link styled to look like a button will never be as much of a button as...wait for it...a button. There are more egregious violations of Name, Role, Value, for instance anything but a heading styled and used like a heading, spans and divs tricked out as links and/or buttons with CSS and JavaScript, a group of divs or spans styled and used like a list.

Sometimes you do need to pick your battles. I'd go after links that violate 1.1.1 Non-text content or 2.4.9 Link Purpose before I'd go after faux buttons.


Brian Lovely
Digital Accessibility Team
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-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:04 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Use of hyperlinks instead of buttons

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
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> >


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