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RE: Tabindex on instructions

From: David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2011 15:13:13 -0400
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To: "'Bailey, Bruce'" <Bailey@Access-Board.gov>, "'adam solomon'" <adam.solomon2@gmail.com>
CC: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>, "'Sailesh Panchang'" <spanchang02@yahoo.com>
I could access the form, but they don't have much of a sense of humour about
people testing their forms by putting in a random Social security number,
and my IP address was recorded and I was sent to a not so nice page about
having to go to an embassy to change my SS# address ....


In the bit of time I spent with it, System Access which is was what I first
surfed it with (before JAWS), didn't read out the form field labels as I
tabbed through it... (IE9).


I didn't get a chance to look at the code or to test with other AT before I
got kicked out.


I'm going to be very involved with a bunch of forms for the Canadian
government in the fall, and am glad to hear about the experience of other
governments and corporations, and to get better guidance in our Techniques



David MacDonald




From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Bailey, Bruce
Sent: September-06-11 8:36 AM
To: adam solomon
Cc: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org; Sailesh Panchang
Subject: RE: Tabindex on instructions


Yes, portions of SSA site were unavailable for scheduled maintenance.  It
looks to me like everything is up now.


I cited SSA as evidence that the technique of having instructional text in
the tab order is used in the real world.  I don't think we can point to the
SSA forms, but mostly only because one has to "click through" two pages to
get to the demonstration.


Yes, you are correct that what I wanted to see from your example is a
tabindex on instructional text paragraphs (which should be marked up as P.
If we use tabindex on headers, I think that should be a different example.

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