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Re: interface has a search bar that is actually a button. WHY?????


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Oct 5, 2021 3:45PM

On 05/10/2021 22:29, Andy Andrews wrote:
> Hello All,
> We were using keyboard navigation to test the De Gruyter interface [https://www.degruyter.com/database/ebr/html#] and encountered a very confusing situation. After tabbing to the search bar and attempting to enter a search term, nothing appears in the field. We discovered that if you click on or hit enter in the search bar, it acts as a button and opens a pop up. In this case, screen reader users would actually have an easier time because the screen reader says it is a button. So it technically is accessible, but functionally it is not acting as expected for most users.
> Would WCAG fail this and if so, what violation would it be?

I'd say that no SC is violated here. It's rubbish and confusing design,
but it's rubbish and confusing in equal measure for most users.

Patrick H. Lauke

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