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Re: SC 3.2.1 Keyboard users only?

From: Loretta Guarino Reid <lorettaguarino@google.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2011 09:31:46 -0700
Message-ID: <AANLkTik69me2SyMucg1rC+f8QXGwmdsHVnwGen57xoWF@mail.gmail.com>
To: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
Cc: public-comments-wcag20@w3.org
On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 1:06 AM, <noreply@w3.org> wrote:

> Name: Makoto Ueki
> Email: makoto.ueki@gmail.com
> Affiliation: Infoaxia, Inc.
> Document: UW
> Item Number: Understanding Success Criterion 3.2.1
> Part of Item: Intent
> Comment Type: general comment
> Summary of Issue: SC 3.2.1  Keyboard users only?
> Comment (Including rationale for any proposed change):
> SC 3.2.1 uses "focus", not "keyboard focus". My understanding is that this
> SC is applied to mouse focus as well. However "Examples of Success Criterion
> 3.2.1" and the one and only Sufficient Technique G107 mention only keyboard
> users. This could mislead readers to misunderstand that this SC is applied
> to keyboard use only.
> Proposed Change:
> If this SC is also applied to mouse users, for example, please add a
> failure about it. "When a user moves the focus to a text field by clicking
> on it, a new window or a popup window is opened." or something like that.
> Also having a note which explains that mouseover doesn't move focus to the
> element would be helpful.
> ==============================
Response from the Working Group

This provision only applies to keyboard focus not to the mouse cursor. We
will add the following to Understanding 3.2.1:

Focus may be moved to a control either via the keyboard (e.g. tabbing to a
control) or the mouse (e.g. clicking on a text field). Moving the mouse over
a control does not move the focus unless scripting implements this behavior.
Note that for some types of controls, clicking on a control may also
activate the control (e.g. button), which may, in turn, initiate a change in

Loretta Guarino Reid, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Gregg Vanderheiden, WCAG WG Co-Chair
Michael Cooper, WCAG WG Staff Contact

On behalf of the WCAG Working Group
Received on Wednesday, 23 March 2011 16:32:23 UTC

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