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Re: 4.1.2 Question


From: Steve Green
Date: Jan 20, 2017 12:38PM

I would be inclined to agree. It's difficult to say how to fix it without seeing exactly how the code is written but I would want to see something that conveys the role i.e. that the sort order will change.

This is not a native HTML behaviour so I would also recommend some explanatory text before the table, explaining that the column headers are links that change the sort order. Although this is potentially of benefit to everyone, most clients choose to position it off-screen so it is only presented to screen reader users. However, I don't think it is necessary for WCAG compliance.

Steve Green
Managing Director
Test Partners Ltd

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jim Homme
Sent: 20 January 2017 19:21
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Subject: [WebAIM] 4.1.2 Question

I want to double ccheck that the logic I'm using to test something prooves that it is broken in applying 4.1.2. I'm saying that it fails. Below is my logic for testing.

· The item is in the first row of a table

· It has a role of table column header

· I can tab to it

· It speaks great messages that tell me what the text is, how the column is sorted, how to work with it, and how to use it.

· It sppeaks clickable, but does not say "button," or "link," or something that would automatically tell me that I can use the keyboard to change it.

· I'm failing it because I feel that the word clickable indicates what I can do to activate it, rather than what it is. I feel that maybe the developer should add a role or in some other way tell me that I can use my screen reader as I am trained to do. Am I being too strict here?


=========Jim Homme,
Team Lead and Accessibility Consultant,
Bender HighTest Accessibility Team
Bender Consulting Services, Inc.,