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Re: Any ARIA conforming tab panels out there in the wild?


From: glen walker
Date: May 18, 2018 2:14PM

Discussing the tab control is a fascinating subject. Truly. But we're
getting off topic. The original question was for an example that
implemented the authoring practice's recommendation, which I posted.

If we want to talk about improvements to the tab control, we can certainly
start another thread.

With regards to Birkir's tab comments, he was involved with 3 others in a
rebuttal type blog post regarding the tab control. You can read that at

With regards to the aria-controls article, that is at

With regards to JAWS mapping tabs to a combobox, I think it's more accurate
to say it lumps the tabs with other controls. The ctrl+ins+c dialog in
JAWS says it's for "ARIA Controls, comboboxes, listboxes, or treeviews".
So it's not really considered a combobox with respect to the accessibility
tree, but it is lumped with some other objects so you can navigate to it
with the C shortcut. I can also navigate to listboxes and treeviews with
the C key, but I don't think of them as comboboxes. I just didn't want
things to get (more) confusing if we start talking about tabs as comboboxes.