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Re: Accessibility clarification


From: Ugurcan Kutluoglu
Date: Aug 30, 2017 6:52PM


A link should only be activated with Enter, unless you are using Aria to
override its default semantics.

Meaning, if it's a simple link that points to another page or an element on
the same page, then Space is simply overkill, and I'd file that as a bug.

However, if the link has an aria role attribute (role="button",
role="menuitem" etc.) that modifies its semantics, then you should check
the relevant best practices to see if the use of Space key is required or


For the Modal, yes ESC (and the Close button) should close the modal and
return focus to the element that triggered the modal.


On Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 5:36 PM, Katherine Barcham <
<EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hi Naina,
> It's my understanding that when you're only using a keyboard to browse a
> web page you use the :
> * enter key to activate links, and
> * Spacebar or enter key to activate buttons.
> The way to close a modal using a keyboard is to use the:
> * Esc key to close it, or
> * Tab key to get to the Close link/button and then use the correct key to
> activate it (depending on whether it's a link or a button).
> I hope that helps you.
> Katherine Barcham
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
> Behalf Of Mamta Gupta
> Sent: Thursday, 31 August 2017 10:32 a.m.
> Subject: [WebAIM] Accessibility clarification
> Just wanted to clarify few points on accessibility testing.
> 1. Do all links on the webpage should be activated both by enter key and
> space bar on keyboard, or they should be activated just with enter key?
> I was going through keyboard shortcuts on webaim, that shows
> - Enter key is used to activate links.
> - To activate buttons: enter key and space bar is used.
> - To scroll page space bar is used.
> I was testing a page where links can be activated both by space bar and
> enter key.
> When I tried to scroll the page using space bar, it used to activate the
> focused link.
> Is this behaviour acceptable for accessibility?
> One more thing, whenever a modal box or a form is displayed on the top of
> the current page and lets say non sighted user would like to come off that
> modal box or the form, what would be the process.
> Should escape key be used to dismiss the box for non sighted user to get
> rid off that box or form or he needs to tab to the close button for closing
> it.
> Please advise.
> Thanks,
> Naina
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