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Re: GDPR modals that aren't really modals


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: May 31, 2018 2:12PM

On 31/05/2018 20:57, JR Accessibility wrote:
> With the advent of GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation), almost
> every website has some type of modal style box or banner that appears and
> tells you that the site uses cookies and that you should activate a button
> to accept the cookie and continue.
> Except the GDPR warning is not really a modal, because you can still access
> the rest of the content on the page. In other words, focus is not being
> locked within the modal the way the ARIA authoring practices for Dialog
> (Modal) <https://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-practices/#dialog_modal> recommend.
> Is this approach confusing to sighted keyboard-only users? Is this approach
> confusing to non-sighted screen reader users?
> When using your screen reader, suppose you bypass the "accept cookies"
> button and browse into the page. Later, how do you get back to the GDPR
> quasi-modal once you decide you do want to accept cookies?

They're generally not modal dialogs, but more like banners at the top of
bottom of the page. They don't stop users from actually using the site
(e.g. with the mouse or keyboard).

And to get back to it, you'd need to find it again (usually at the very
top or bottom of the document, depending how it's been implemented).

Patrick H. Lauke

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