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Re: Links and Spacebar


From: Murphy, Sean
Date: Feb 4, 2020 4:16PM


I might be restating what others have already said.

If you have a link which is styled like a button. Then the developer must ensure the same behaviour for the sudo button supports the keyboard commands and role.

I would be strongly recommending they use the correct tag which removes all these headaches. Custom elements is the developer / UX / designer responsibility.

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Hi Glen,
Thanks for outlining the confusion point.
Quoting from my first message: "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."

When a developer uses CSS to make links look like buttons, then the question is around if the developer needs to make that link behave more like a button. Otherwise, the user sees something that looks like a button and just will learn through trial and error if Spacebar will actually work.


On Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 2:31 PM glen walker < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> I'm confused. You originally asked about enter/space for LINKS but
> your response below talks about BUTTONS. Yes, the authoring practice
> says both enter and space should activate a button. No one is disputing that.
> The big discussion was whether space should activate a link and why
> that's not recommended. The authoring practice says that only enter
> should activate a link (
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.w3.org_TR_wai
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> On Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 11:13 AM Marshall Sunnes
> wrote:
> > Thanks, Sean. Completely agree with you. My concern was around those
> > who
> do
> > not use screen readers (i.e. keyboard only). The ARIA Authoring
> > Practices recommend that Enter and Spacebar be able to trigger a button.
> >
> > Best,
> > Marshall
> >
> >
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*Marshall Sunnes*
*Senior Digital Accessibility Specialist* NYU IT <https://www.nyu.edu/life/information-technology.html>
New York University
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