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I have doubt in understanding SC -1.4.10.
Do we just need look for horizontal scroll bar (two way scrolling). In this success criteria do we also need to see the content/UI responsiveness?
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No, it's more than that.
Also, a horizontal scrollbar isn't an automatic fail. Sometimes a website has one but it doesn't move far, or a page isn't completely responsive BUT all the text remains visible within the viewport without scrolling.
Quick check: You can read without scrolling horizontally, and you can see and interact with all the content (nothing is missing).
- users can read text without horizontally scrolling. This makes reading slower, more difficult and costs the user more energy. If the text content can be read without scrolling, even if for example there's a very large image/figure or something elsewhere which does need scrolling to view, this is not necessarily a failure (depends on the image. Scaling an image or figure to fit a zoomed or small viewport is not always the best thing to do. For example a chart may enlarge and require users scroll to move the viewport to view all the data. Scaling it down may make it too small and some types of graphics are exempted from the Reflow SC).
- no content is cut off
- no content overlaps in a way that prevents users from reading/understanding/interacting with the content
- no content is hidden which shouldn't be hidden (nothing accidentally hidden. Especially focusable content!)
- when zoomed in or in a mobile viewport, the content order still makes sense (does NOT necessarily have to be the same as visible on the non-zoomed or desktop version, but it needs to make sense. Follow the 1.3.2 guideline)
On Mon, Dec 28, 2020, at 10:07 AM, Gupta, Gaurav k via WebAIM-Forum wrote:
> Hello Experts,
> I have doubt in understanding SC -1.4.10.
> Do we just need look for horizontal scroll bar (two way scrolling). In
> this success criteria do we also need to see the content/UI
> Please help!
It's always best to go to the original wording of the guideline. It says
nothing about horizontal scrolling specifically other than "scrolling in
two dimensions". So in theory you could have a page that reflows
everything horizontally and requires scrolling horizontally to see all the
content and that would be ok from a conformance perspective as long as it
didn't require vertical scrolling too (if it didn't fall into the
exception). So you can't fail it just because a horizontal scrollbar
1.4.10 is similar to 1.4.4 in that both say "without loss of
information/content or functionality" so your question about "do we also
need to see the content", the answer is "yes", but you might have to scroll
to see the content. Just make sure elements aren't clipped or hidden or
overlapping other elements.