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Links and Spacebar


From: Marshall Sunnes
Date: Feb 3, 2020 9:32AM

*Question*: Is it problematic to allow activation of links with the
Spacebar, in addition to Enter?

*More information*: The basic issue I find is that if a user sees something
that looks like a button, then it should work with the spacebar for
keyboard-only users.
If an app were to correctly identify elements as link or button based on
the description listed in the ARIA Authoring Practices 1.1
<https://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-practices-1.1/#link>, but visually styled
links to look like buttons, then would it be an easy compromise to request
they simply make all links able to activated with spacebar? Does that
interfere with any known AT or user experience? Or is that misguided, and
the dev teams need to handle links that look like buttons on a case-by-case


*Marshall Sunnes*
*Senior Digital Accessibility Specialist*
NYU IT <https://www.nyu.edu/life/information-technology.html>
New York University
Phone: (212) 998 4417 <+12129984417>