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Re: 4.1.2 Question


From: Lovely, Brian (CONT)
Date: Jan 20, 2017 12:39PM

I feel a) that it is important to specify the type of interactive element (button or link), and b) that it is important to use the correct element. My take on this is that a link directs the browser to another page, whereas a button performs an action on the current page. As long as you use the correct element in the first place and also apply the correct role (or use a native button or anchor), then the user not only knows the element can be activated, but already has some sense of what to expect when the element is activated.

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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.,

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