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RE: Success Criterion 2.4.7. Focus Order

From: Morten Tollefsen <morten@medialt.no>
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2009 13:24:42 +0200
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To: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>, "WAI Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I'm just discussing this with one of our customers.

In most cases "Hidden skip to links" is not a good solution in my opinion. These links are typically used to help visually impaired to navigate internally on a page. However screen readers often do not interpret these jumps perfectly, and screen reader functionallity (e. g. skip past links) make the jumps not too valuable. This is especially true if a good page structure (with h-tags etc.) is used.

On the other hand, switch users or keyboard only users often benefit a lot on "Skip to links" (at least on pages with a lot of links. These users need to see the links of course. CSS techniques can be used to show focused links, but this method makes it much more difficult for users to figure out what to do. They need to press Tab and suddenly a Skip to link is shown. It is better for keyboard users to see the links and build up a strategy on how to use the page.

Best regards,

Morten Tollefsen
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Fra: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] Pĺ vegne av Ramón Corominas
Sendt: 29. april 2009 16:46
Til: WAI Interest Group
Emne: Success Criterion 2.4.7. Focus Order

Hi, all.

I'm reading the Understanding SC 2.4.7 about Focus Order, and I'm in 
doubt about what is the meaning of "having a mode of operation that...".

For instance, if I have a hidden "skip to contents" link (via css 
off-left), when a user tabs to this link the focus will not be visible; 
but if the user disables CSS, in this "mode" the link will be visible 
and also the focus. My question is: would this be considered valid? 
Should we show all the links to comply with this criterion? Are 
css-hidden links forbidden?

Thanks in advance,
Received on Thursday, 30 April 2009 11:25:24 UTC

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