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Re: Advice About JQuery Accessibility

From: Sailesh Panchang <sailesh.panchang@deque.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2012 09:35:58 -0400
Message-ID: <CAJi9CqrCz3EeTxGVyH7crydghXqseNM-w4d2hvXLzAz0N26Pzg@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Homme, James" <james.homme@highmark.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
This is creating a 'custom link' apparently.
Imagine an anchor tag like
<a name="content" id="content" tabindex="-1"></a>
This could be the target of a skip link but this anchor tag is not
exposed as a link by assistive technology. It also has no text
Now the example you give is perhaps styled to look as a link, contains
anchor text but has no href attributes or a role that  conveys that
the element is a link. So it fails SC 4.1.2 (A) and maybe SC 2.1.1
Hope this helps.
Sailesh Panchang
Deque Systems

On 3/21/12, Homme, James <james.homme@highmark.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm running into instances where I'm seeing legitimate JQuery things like
> hyperlinks, and other items that you'd normally be able to activate and hear
> what's going on, but JAWS isn't saying the word link or communicating the
> word clickable, and for good reason: The code behind these items is calling
> JQuery functions, rather than doing the usual HTML thing. In this particular
> instance, I can't do anything about it, but if I get the chance to, what's
> the correct accessibility advice to give about this. Here's the information
> JAWS gives about one of the hyperlinks.
> Element Information:
> Tag SPAN has 1 parameters:
> class=sitemapPageName
> Tag A has 4 parameters:
> class=sitemapPageLink
> jquery1332334255145=40
> nodeurl=Pega_Color_Scheme.html
> shape=
> Jim Homme,
> Usability Services,
> Phone: 412-544-1810.
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