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[Bug 13023] New: removing CSS outline bad for accessibility

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Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 09:24:59 +0000
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http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=13023

           Summary: removing CSS outline bad for accessibility
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: faulkner.steve@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org


the spec currently encourages authors to hide outlines on focusable elements:

"...if you find the focus ring unsightly. Instead, use a CSS rule to override
the 'outline' property.

For example, to hide the outline from links, you could use:

:link:focus, :visited:focus { outline: none; }"
http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/editing.html#element-level-focus-apis

recommend removing or rewording as the removal of CSS outlines is a well known
usability/accessibility issue.

references:
http://webaim.org/blog/plague-of-outline-0/
http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/201104/keyboard_accessibility_again/

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