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RE: Handling Tab Strips On The Web

From: Sean Murphy (seanmmur) <seanmmur@cisco.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:54:10 +0000
To: Jim Homme <jhomme@benderconsult.com>, WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <f35e0187cc8446dd8f463415a052a8f9@XCH-RCD-001.cisco.com>
Hi Jim,

As a screen reader user myself, I understand the dilemma.  Based upon Wc3, application mode is not recommended to be used when standard controls are available. Refer too: http://www.w3.org/TR/aria-in-html/#using-aria-role-application

Personally, I would even go as far as application mode is the last resort. Since you lose the normal navigation functionality that the average screen user is expecting. Using forms mode to change the view should be used and should be one tab stop for the element.

Sean Murphy
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Homme [mailto:jhomme@benderconsult.com] 
Sent: Thursday, 28 July 2016 6:15 AM
To: WAI IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: Handling Tab Strips On The Web

I'm starting to feel that the best way for a developer to handle tab strips on web pages is to put the ARIA application role around them to force the screen reader to use that mode, but wanted to get some opinions on how to handle this sort of thing. I'm asking about this because I'm a screen reader user trying to understand what to tell developers to do, and trying to keep my personal opinions out of the answer and failing to some degree. I'm looking at a web page that has tab controls part way down and thinking to myself that I'm torn between wanting the screen reader to automatically go into application mode and not wanting it to do that because I want to keep reading past the tab controls to see what else is there because that's how normal browse mode works. 

I hope this half made sense.


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