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Re: vertical tabs and programmatic focus


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Jan 23, 2020 7:18PM

The ARIA Authoring Practices recommends that tabs be automatically
activated unless the tabpanel content takes a long time to load:
It also does not require that tabpanel content follows tablist
immediately in the DOM order, though it is the best and most obvious
It uses aria-controls on the tab and aria-labelledby on the tabpanel
to connect the two programmatically (though admittedly screen readers
don't do much with aria-controls).
I would recommend implementing vertical tabs as per the APG
recommendation. If you place a list of links between the tabs and the
tabpanel you may want to implement an additional shortcut keys such as
page up/page down to move from the active tab to its tabpanel and back
(this was a recommendation in the APG version 1.0 section for tabs),
though if you do you should implement a mechanism to notify keyboard
only and screen reader users of this shortcut.
I would also add a visually hidden sentence that describes the
rlationship between the tabs and the tabpanel, e.g. something like
"the tabpanel for the active tab is located at x, you can get there by y".
If the tabpanel content starts with a heading you can say something
like "by navigating to the next h3 heading".

Again, this isn't ideal, it would be better to not place content
between the tablist and the tabpanel, but sometimes designs require
that we work with less-than-ideal and it can be done in this case.

On 1/23/20, Murphy, Sean < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Glen and All,
> From memory the ARIA specs do not recommend automatic focus change when
> changing tab items within a tab list. What Glen outlined is the approach I
> would recommend. If you use automatic focus, you get the old issue with drop
> downs (combo boxes) where the person cannot easily go to the 4th tab item in
> the tab list.
> Sean
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> Not sure I'm understanding completely but a few basic points on a tab
> control:
> * The tab list is typically one focus/tab stop. You tab (key) to the tab
> list and then arrow through all the tabs.
> * When arrowing between tabs, you can choose whether the tab panel is
> automatically loaded or if the user has to select the tab first (space or
> enter key)
> * If the tab panel is automatically loaded, I would not automatically move
> the focus into the tab panel contents. That would be an annoyance if I was
> trying to arrow through the tab list to get to my desired tab
> * If the user has to select the tab in order for the tab panel to be loaded,
> I still would not move the focus automatically into the tab panel contents
> but that's a decision up to you
> * The tab panel contents should be the next tab stop after the tab list (DOM
> order). That way I can arrow through the tab list, select the tab (if not
> automatically loaded), then tab (key) into the tab panel contents
> Now, all that being said, in your situation, it sounds like you have some
> links under the tab list. Since the tab panel contents should be the next
> tab stop after the tab list, your extra links would come in the tab/focus
> order after the tab panel contents.
> On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 1:57 PM Reinhard Stebner
> wrote:
>> I am currently reviewing a page that has a vertical tab control in the
>> left and side of the page and the tab panel in the right side. the
>> left rail has additional links under the tabs that are not part of the
>> tab interface. How should focus be placed back on the tabs once focus
>> is on the tab panel seeing that there is additional links in the left
>> rail. I'm talking about when shift tabbing back to the tabs. thanks
>> for your help.
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