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RE: Browser default focus indicators and SC 2.4.7

From: Andrew Kirkpatrick <akirkpat@adobe.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 15:35:29 +0000
To: Terrill Thompson <tft@uw.edu>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <db6fac5cd5b449bf865234be551e92d1@BY2PR02MB171.namprd02.prod.outlook.com>

This technique isn’t to suggest that an author may not be able to offer something better, but that the default is acceptable in the view of the working group that authored the technique.


From: Terrill Thompson [mailto:tft@uw.edu]
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2014 10:47 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Browser default focus indicators and SC 2.4.7

Is relying on the browser's default focus indicator sufficient to meet SC 2.4.7 (focus visible)?

Given that the default focus indicator in certain browsers is very difficult to see,
it seems to me that if web developers do nothing, their page could be said to fail on visible focus.

However, lately I've been hearing more recommendations that it's best to just leave the browser's default focus indicator alone, based on the premise that some browsers do this well, and changing the default display messes with users' expectations.


Terrill Thompson
Technology Accessibility Specialist
DO-IT, Accessible Technology Services
UW Information Technology
University of Washington
Received on Monday, 28 April 2014 15:35:59 UTC

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