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Is screen-reader silence on button activation a failure? If so, what does it fail?


From: Jeremy Echols
Date: Sep 9, 2021 10:10AM

We have a button to select all checkboxes in a list, similar to gmail where you want to select all conversations. The button tells you that it will select everything, so the user should know what to expect. But when the button is activated, nothing is announced to screen-reader users. Dead silence.

The effect of the button is to simply change a bunch of checkboxes to be checked, and it performs that just fine. The page content doesn't change, and there is no visual alert to indicate that the button had any effect other than those checkboxes being checked instead of not checked. So I'm not sure if I pass this behavior or fail it.

Any advice would be appreciated.