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FW: Using tab stop on important text

From: ANDERSEN, Leon <Leon.Andersen@fahcsia.gov.au>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:57:01 +0000
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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In our web apps we have been using tabindex="0" on paragraphs of instructions/information/question text that appears before a group of related inputs. Generally there are multiple groups of these instructions/input combinations on a page and for a screen reader in forms mode, without being focusable; this important contextual information would be missed. 

While I appreciate that putting any important information prior to the start of the form on the page is best for accessibility this is not always possible.

Also while I would like to be implementing fieldsets and the function of the legend to highlight these initial instructions I'm conscious that:

1. In some screenreader browser combinations the legend isn't read at all.
2. Some of these instructions are quite long and perhaps unsuitable for use in a legend, especially where the legend may be read out before each label.

It seems to me that using tabindex="0" is the only reliable way of getting this information across.

Leon 


-----Original Message-----
From: Devarshi Pant [mailto:devarshipant@gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, 29 November 2011 8:31 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Using tab stop on important text

When a tab stop is on important text that shows an outline, like on a
heading, it can help with navigation. Some scenarios where this can be
beneficial follow:
1. Page headers could have a tabindex attribute of zero (sequential
focus navigation) allowing keyboard only users to access important
sections in the page, without having to tab extensively.
2. Certain blocks of text (e.g. 'Disclaimers,' 'Policy,' 'Alerts,'
etc.) that users may skip inadvertently could have a tabindex
attribute, ensuring keyboard focus and a tab stop.
When the same thought carries over to form labels, it is often
unwarranted and fraught with issues. Should this practice of putting a
tab stop on important text be encouraged? It's prudent use could be
justified with a WCAG technique.

Thanks,
Devarshi
Received on Monday, 28 November 2011 23:57:36 GMT

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