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From: Black Widow Web Design <webmistress@blackwidows.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 19:57:14 +0100
Message-ID: <4A6F4A0A.9090900@blackwidows.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
on 28/07/2009 19:32 Chris Reeve said the following:
> Please take a look at 
> http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/NOTE-WCAG20-TECHS-20081211/C15. I have a 
> sample style sheet that has a:focus, a:active, a:hover, and a:visited
>  all set at the same color.
> Does this mean that Focus Visible fails?

In my opinion, yes. Sighted keyboard navigators will have difficulty
differentiating between a link with current focus and one that has been

> If it does, how do you suggest it should be changed? All of my a: 
> links are set to #0000FF

One fairly easy option is to reverse the background and text color on
a:focus and a:active links. It highlights the link with current focus 
and saves the poor sighted keyboard navigator having to play "hunt the 
current link" on a screen that may be crowded with links.

In my opinion, it's not quite so important to highlight the a:hover 
state as users already receive visual feedback via the changed cursor 
(assuming you haven't messed with the cursor, that its...).

Hope that helps.

Mel P.
Received on Tuesday, 28 July 2009 18:57:56 UTC

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