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Re: User Research around the accessibility of components?


From: Steve Green
Date: Aug 31, 2021 4:43AM

I don't have any formal research that we can publish, but we have done an awful lot of user testing and I can confirm that we have seen most of the issues GDS refer to with regard to type="number". We agree with their recommendations.

It's a shame we can't see the videos supporting the assertion that native <select> elements are problematic, because I don't believe we have ever encountered such a problem. Maybe they were testing with people at the very bottom of the digital inclusion scale, which we rarely get to do. That video is now 7 years old, so GDS may have changed their view since then.

Steve Green
Managing Director
Test Partners Ltd

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From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of Alex Gonzalez
Sent: 27 August 2021 19:16
Subject: [WebAIM] User Research around the accessibility of components?


I just discovered this list and am sending a question for the first time so please forgive any lapses in list etiquette.

I'm hoping to find resources that provide user research-backed information about the accessibility of different web / UI / HTML components.

Some examples of what I mean by this can be found on gov.uk:

Here they discuss HTML text inputs and more specifically avoiding use of type="number". They further mention research on the subject at the bottom of the page <https://technology.blog.gov.uk/2020/02/24/why-the-gov-uk-design-system-team-changed-the-input-type-for-numbers/>

On this page discussing HTML select inputs, they link to a panel discussion on the accessibility issues surrounding said inputs <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUkMCQR4TpY>.

I'm curious if anyone knows of other resources that provide user research backed information like this? I'm trying to put together a list of resources to inform decisions around internal design systems we use where I work.

Alex Gonzalez (he/him) Software Engineer codeforamerica.org