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RE: Skip links and keyboard navigation [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2012 07:49:37 +0800
To: "THOMAS,Danny" <Danny.Thomas@deewr.gov.au>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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HI Danny

In this case, the keyboard user presses the tab key to start navigating through the page and the skip links don't show when they are tabbed over.  Sometimes they show in the bottom left corner, but not always.

In other words, they are there but hidden, and the keyboard user doesn't know about them because they can't see them.  In this case, they would have to tab through the page to get to the main content for example.

2.4.7. also applies as they don't show focus, but I'm wondering about the keyboard accessibility issue.


Regards

Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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From: THOMAS,Danny [Danny.Thomas@deewr.gov.au]
Sent: Thursday, 6 December 2012 8:46 AM
To: Vivienne CONWAY; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org list
Subject: RE: Skip links and keyboard navigation [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


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Hi Vivienne,

This needs a little more context. Can they not access the link or is it just not visible?

If the link can technically receive focus and itís just not made obvious, then itís a 2.4.7 not a 2.1.1.

Regards,

Danny.

Daniel Thomas
Assistant Director | Web Accessibility Policy Unit
Business Enabling Branch| Technology Solutions Group
Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
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From: Vivienne CONWAY [mailto:v.conway@ecu.edu.au]
Sent: Thursday, 6 December 2012 10:29 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org list
Subject: Skip links and keyboard navigation

Hi all

I thought I'd pass this issue past the experts in this group for your opinion.

This issue involves skip links that do not appear with keyboard activation - in other words dont' show focus either all the time or with keyboard focus.

Obviously if they are there and hidden, the screen reader user still hears them, but the keyboard only user does not receive that benefit and has to tab throughout the whole page to get to the main content.

G202: Ensuring keyboard control for all functionality which covers 2.1.1 and 2.1.3 says ďThe objective of this technique is to provide keyboard operation for all the functionality (defined as processes and outcomes achievable through user action) of the page.Ē  In this case (when the keyboarder canít access the skip links), it would appear they canít have keyboard operation for all the functionality of the page.  What keyboarders canít do is to access the skip links, which really benefits a keyboard only user as they canít skip the multitude of navigational links.

Would you agree that this fails 2.1.1 when the keyboard operation doesnít activate the skip links, which means that it should also fail 2.1.3?


Regards

Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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