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Re: Setting focus in a form and screenreaders

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Apr 2006 20:19:36 -0400 (EDT)
To: Mike Brown <mike@signify.co.nz>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0604232018260.4230@smart.net>

On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Mike Brown wrote:

>
> Patrick H. Lauke wrote:
> > Mike Brown wrote:
> >>
> >> I've been asked to create a form and on page load have the focus set
> >> to a particular field in the form. I've used some javascript to do that.
> > I'd circumvent the issue by simply not auto-focussing the field.
> >
> Yes, but it's not my decision to make, so I'm looking for arguments as
> to why. The usability one is probably not sufficient, but if it's a
> major accessibility problem for screenreader users, then that's probably
> sufficient to sway it. So I'm trying to find out if it *is* such a problem.

IT IS A MAJOR problem on text based screen readers such as EMACSpeak, put
your URL up and let a few of us test it.

Bob

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