WCAG 2.2 status - Icon Description

Hi everyone,

Another SC-specific follow up, this one on Icon Description.

The issue it is trying to solve is how to understand icons that do not have visually associated text labels.

The main theme of the comments/discussion was around how well it works on touch platforms. For example, where an icon is a trigger for a menu, or a link, how would you present a text label? (Which is fine on desktop with a mouse or keyboard focus.)

David did include examples which appear to cover most people’s concerns, but I’m not sure if everyone has had time to consider those?

  *   Example A - A keyboard and mouse operable tooltip that shows on hover and keyboard focus

  *   Example B - A keyboard and mouse operable tooltip that shows on click/tap and Enter key

There are some text-edits/suggestions in the comments, but the main thing is: Do people agree that it would improve the situation for people with disabilities, and that it applies to all content across all websites & technologies?

If you could consider that and please update the Survey: https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/35422/icon-desc-acceptance/

Then we’ll know whether to progress.

Kind regards,


Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HzSsCGelWfz_Z-M7NyUzJOvl1A1kAStyl8epYdpZhoA/edit#heading=h.u26dvsexm72w

Minutes: https://www.w3.org/2020/01/07-ag-minutes.html#item06

Received on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 10:36:14 UTC