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Re: [External Sender] Footnotes


From: Lovely, Brian
Date: Aug 22, 2018 11:38AM

There is a thread for that: https://webaim.org/discussion/mail_thread?thread=7933

Unfortunately, not all the links to examples work, but there may be some good info in there anyway.

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From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Isabel Holdsworth
Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 11:02 AM
Subject: [External Sender] [WebAIM] Footnotes

Hi all,

We're creating an exam test, one of whose questions has four multiple choice options. Three of these options have associated footnotes (sometimes more than one), and just to make things interesting, footnote 1 relates to both options 1 and 3. So effectively there's a many-to-many relationship.

We're struggling to mark up this question accessibly.

We've tried using the aria-described attribute, but it isn't spoken by JAWS in expert mode so it's not reliable enough for us.

We've tried locating the text just below the option radiobuttons in the DOM, but of course when JAWS is in forms mode, pressing Tab skips over the footnotes and straight to the Submit button.

Can anyone think of an accessible way to associate each option with its footnotes in a way that works for screenreader, screen mag and keyboard users?

I'd really appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks as always, Isabel
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