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RE: [STYLEGUIDE] Tab Panel discussion

From: Don Raikes <don.raikes@oracle.com>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 15:02:27 -0700
To: "Becky Gibson" <Becky_Gibson@notesdev.ibm.com>, "wai-xtech@w3.org" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20070529150227578.00000003212@draikes-pc>

> There is a proposal for tab panel behavior in the wiki [1]. 
> The style guide working group has discussed tab pane to some 
> extent and I believe we 
> agree that the panel would become active when the tab 
> receives focus.   I 
> updated the key behavior section with the following information:
> 
> tab - only the active tab is in the tab order. The user 
> reaches the tabbed panel component by pressing the tab key 
> until the active tab title receives focus. 

How would someone using a screen reader know it is a tab, and how would he know what the other tabs are?
> 
> left arrow - with focus on a tab, pressing the left arrow 
> will move focus to the previous tab in the tab list and 
> activate that tab. Pressing the left arrow when the focus is 
> on the first tab in the tab list will move focus and activate 
> the last tab in the list. 
> 
> right arrow - with focus on a tab, pressing the right arrow 
> will move focus to the next tab in the tab list and activate 
> that tab. Pressing the right arrow when the focus is on the 
> last tab in the tab list will move focus to and activate the 
> first tab in the list.
My concern with this approach is that when in firefox or internet explorer, screen readers like JAWS will consume the left and right arrow keystrokes not allowing for switching tabs.
Received on Wednesday, 30 May 2007 06:17:17 GMT

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