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RE: WCAG 2.1.3 Date Picker

From: Jonathan Avila <jon.avila@levelaccess.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:52:51 +0000
To: Janina Sajka <janina@rednote.net>, Userite <richard@userite.com>
CC: Phuong Hoang <PhuongHoang1182@hotmail.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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> Entering a date directly certainly enhances accessibility. However, knowing the correct format for a given site is important, and not always easily ascertained.

I would also add that it depends on the purpose of the date field.  For example, if the task was to enter an appointment that is the 3rd Thursday of the November this could not be done and I'd argue that the datepicker provides additional information beyond simply entering the date but also determining which day of the week something is on -- which depending on the task can be absolutely critical.  Without having access to the date picker would require the user to have access to another calendar outside of the website.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Janina Sajka [mailto:janina@rednote.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:40 AM
To: Userite
Cc: Phuong Hoang; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: WCAG 2.1.3 Date Picker

Entering a date directly certainly enhances accessibility. However, knowing the correct format for a given site is important, and not always easily ascertained.

Some varieties I've seen include:

If you can't examine this one char by char, you won't easily discover they're after an alpha mmm, and not a numeric. Also, the use of the dash may be masked by a screen reader

Then there's the difference between European and American dd/mm/yyyy vs mm/dd/yyyy, and sometimes yy rather than yyyy.

So, it should be possible to tab off and back onto the field and see the date more fully elaborated in order to confirm that what was understood upstream is what was actually intended by the user.



Userite writes:
> I have come across some examples of the date picker and discovered that you can focus on the “Enter Date” input and simply type the date, using the correct format.  In fact this approach is faster and easier than going through the calendar.  The problem is that there are no instructions about this available on the screen.  If there were instructions available, and the input was focusable, then I would probably consider this as accessible.
> Richard
> From: Phuong Hoang
> Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 12:35 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: WCAG 2.1.3 Date Picker
> HI all..
> This is angularjs Date Picker pass SC 2.1.3 Keyboard (No Exception)?
> You cannot get in to the month of the Date Picker using a Keyboard interface. 
> https://material.angularjs.org/latest/demo/datepicker



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