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An Evaluation Question for all you experts

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 10:54:56 +0800
To: Shadi Abou-Zahra <shadi@w3.org>, Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
Message-ID: <8AFA77741B11DB47B24131F1E38227A9914FAED3BC@XCHG-MS1.ads.ecu.edu.au>
Hi all

I have been having an interesting discussion with a fellow evaluator on what consitutes a failure of 2.1.2. (Keyboard Trap). http://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/keyboard-operation-trapping.html#keybrd-interfacedef

If you have time, please have a look at the following website:

If you navigate via the keyboard to the large box on the right hand side with the eight numbers (which have such lovely link names as 1-link, 2-link), you will see that you can click on the box and it takes you - with no warning, - to a new window.  The person using a screen reader would not know they have entered a new window unless they hear and notice the new URL, but that's not what I'm wondering about.  The only way I can see to get out is to exit the window via the Alt-F, exit option to close the window, at which time you go back to the starting point.  My question is, does this constitute a keyboard trap?  For example, the user doesn't know they are in a new window, so would not know to exit in the above way.

This is a typical question someone evaluating a website would come across, so I thought you might find it useful to discuss it and give me your learned opinions.

Happy analyzing



Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons)
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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From: Shadi Abou-Zahra [shadi@w3.org]
Sent: Friday, 4 November 2011 4:27 AM
To: Eval TF
Subject: Minutes for Teleconference on 3 November 2011

Eval TF,

Please find the minutes for the teleconference on 3 November 2011:
  - <http://www.w3.org/2011/11/03-eval-minutes.html>

Next meeting: Thursday 10 November 2011


Shadi Abou-Zahra - http://www.w3.org/People/shadi/
Activity Lead, W3C/WAI International Program Office
Evaluation and Repair Tools Working Group (ERT WG)
Research and Development Working Group (RDWG)

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