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RE: auto set focus and accessibility

From: Lisa Seeman <seeman@netvision.net.il>
Date: Tue, 06 Aug 2002 11:08:49 -0700
To: "'W3c-Wai-Gl@W3.Org (E-mail)'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-id: <003701c23d74$52c0e870$7200000a@patirsrv.patir.com>
Thanks,
"don't change focus" needs to include "don't set the focus" - in other words
to set it on loading is also an issue


All the best,

Lisa Seeman

UnBounded Access

Widen the World Web

http://www.UBaccess.com

  -----Original Message-----
  From: w3c-wai-pf-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-pf-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Slaydon, Eugenia
  Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 10:04 AM
  To: 'Lisa Seeman'; W3c-Wai-Gl@W3.Org (E-mail); W3c-Wai-Pf@W3.Org (E-mail)
  Subject: RE: auto set focus and accessibility


  This is very common practice in pages with forms. I've fought it in the
past as an accessibility issue - but usually clients overrule the decision.
WCAG 1 did address it in the don't change focus, page, etc without notifying
the user - right off hand I can't think of where it is addressed in WCAG 2.

  Eugenia Slaydon
  Lead Content Developer
  Beacon Technologies, Inc.
  336-931-1295 ext 225
    -----Original Message-----
    From: Lisa Seeman [mailto:seeman@netvision.net.il]
    Sent: Tuesday, August 06, 2002 1:52 PM
    To: W3c-Wai-Gl@W3.Org (E-mail); W3c-Wai-Pf@W3.Org (E-mail)
    Subject: auto set focus and accessibility


    I came across something new as I was Jaws browsing along, and that is
the auto focused of the page had been set to a text box mid way down the
page (you can see it at
http://www.Amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/home/home.html/002-5628707-8901611)

    this made the screen reader start from the text box and miss the info
above it.
    It stumped me how they had managed to do this, but then I found in their
code
    onLoad="document.searchform.elements[1].focus()"
    That did it.

    Did I miss this in WCAG ?  it seems an accessibility issue.
    It also may be an issue for the DOM object model - allowing a script to
move and control the focus and bounce you around the page without your
knowledge.
    All the best,

    Lisa Seeman

    UnBounded Access

    Widen the World Web

    http://www.UBaccess.com
Received on Tuesday, 6 August 2002 13:10:28 GMT

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