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Re: highlighting the focus

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2000 09:13:47 -0600
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To: Loretta Guarino Reid <lguarino@Adobe.COM>, jacobs@w3.org
Cc: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>, lguarino@Adobe.COM, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, schwer@us.ibm.co
It is much easier for people using screen readers if one element in a 
graphical window has the when a new window is opened and configured to 
receive focus.  We do not require that an element in the new window have 
focus in the guidelines when it opens, only that the user have control of 
how focus changes when a new window opens automatically (checkpoint 4.18 
and 4.20).  The window that has the focus needs to be highlighted according 
to the OS conventions per checkpoint 8.6.

Is there a particular product that you have questions about?


At 08:20 AM 12/9/2000 -0800, Loretta Guarino Reid wrote:
>I think it is possible for no window or element to have focus. However, if
>keystrokes are being delivered to some window, then that window has focus,
>even if no element within it has the focus. Does the window that receives
>keystrokes need to be highlighted? Is it the case that different keystrokes
>will be delivered to different windows, so that there is no unique focus?
>         Loretta
> > I agree with Al, here. I don't think that some element must have focus
> > all times. [Do assistive technology developers assume that some element
> > has the focus at all times? If so, why do they make that assumption?]
>  - Ian

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
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Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
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