W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-ig@w3.org > October to December 2013

Re: Question About Motor Disabilities and Menu Items

From: Christophe Strobbe <strobbe@hdm-stuttgart.de>
Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:35:56 +0200
Message-ID: <c4d1ed23e8ad0b4e19363ed8b279ea81.squirrel@mail.hdm-stuttgart.de>
To: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi,

Am Fr, 11.10.2013, 14:21 schrieb Homme, James:
> In case I'm reading the guidelines incorrectly, I wanted to ask this
> question. I was reminded of it because in Chrome, you can press a button
> that brings up an apps page that contains menu items. With a screen reader
> you can arrow to them.

As far as I can tell, the keyboard access does not depend on a screen
reader; I can also arrow to them without a screen reader. (Sidenote:
Visually, the apps list appears as set of big icons, not as a menu.)


> If you are using NVDA, you can turn on Focus mode
> and use right and left arrows to go to the menu items. Here's the
> question. If someone has a motor disability, is the developer required to
> make it so that people with disabilities must be able to use the TAB key,
> arrow keys, both TAB and arrows, or one or the other to navigate among
> items they can interact with?

Keyboard access to the items on the apps page is covered by checkpoint 1.1
in the User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG) 1.0
<http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG10/uaag10.html#tech-device-independent-ui> and
by guideline 2.1 in the current draft of UAAG 2.0:
<http://www.w3.org/TR/UAAG20/#gl-keyboard-access>.
These guidelines require that keyboard access is supported but they don't
dictate which keys should be used.
For comparison: many browsers support the TAB key to navigate through
links and form elements, but Opera uses the key 'A' to cycle through
links. As far as I know, both methods are valid ways to provide keyboard
access to links.

Does this help?

Best regards,

Christophe Strobbe


-- 
Christophe Strobbe
Akademischer Mitarbeiter
Adaptive User Interfaces Research Group
Hochschule der Medien
Nobelstra├če 10
70569 Stuttgart
Tel. +49 711 8923 2749
Received on Friday, 11 October 2013 17:36:24 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:21:50 UTC