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Re: How to do footnotes accessibly


From: Bryan Garaventa
Date: Apr 26, 2017 9:42AM

The trick for accessible footnotes is to manage focus appropriately, and to provide intuitive roles, names, and descriptions. Here you can see an example of this at:

This works across both desktop for keyboard based screen readers, for keyboard only users without a screen reader, and for mobile touch screen users. It also includes logic for multiple references accessing the same footnote and tracking them appropriately.

You can download the code and see how this works if you wish, at

All the best,

Bryan Garaventa
Accessibility Fellow
SSB BART Group, Inc.
415.624.2709 (o)

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of McGarvey, Paul
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:24 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] How to do footnotes accessibly

We're currently looking into adding guidance to http://style.ons.gov.uk/ on footnotes, but we're not sure what the best way to handle these are from a usability and accessibility point of view. We're aiming to encourage people to use them as little as possible, but our statisticians will still need to use them. Can anyone suggest what might be a good way of handling this, or point to a website that would be an example of best practice?


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