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RE: Use of tablist role for tabbed content

From: Sean Murphy (seanmmur) <seanmmur@cisco.com>
Date: Thu, 25 May 2017 01:16:10 +0000
To: Paul Sandwell <paul.sandwell@heathwallace.com>, Thierry Koblentz <thierry.koblentz@gmail.com>, "bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com" <bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com>
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All,

From a screen reader users point of view, it doesn’t really matter if the tab strip is visually horizontal or vertical layout. As long as they know the Label, role, value and state  of the element and there is a consistent keyboard navigation. As desktop apps use both visual layouts and it doesn’t impact the screen reader user usage of the control (element).

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From: Paul Sandwell [mailto:paul.sandwell@heathwallace.com]
Sent: Thursday, 25 May 2017 12:42 AM
To: Thierry Koblentz <thierry.koblentz@gmail.com>; bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com
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Subject: Re: Use of tablist role for tabbed content

Excellent article Thierry! This is the direction I started to lean towards (the demo definitely saved me having to build it to try it out!).

However now I'm beginning to wonder, as horizontal tabs are probably more of visual design consideration, would it make sense to treat is as an accordion for a screen reader user? (Similar to the point Bryan made in a separate response, something like this: http://whatsock.com/tsg/Coding%20Arena/ARIA%20and%20Non-ARIA%20Accordions/ARIA%20Accordion%20(Internal%20Content)/demo.htm).

I fear that it's a little pointless to tell the SR user that they're interacting with a set of tabs when there's a simpler implementation to go with. Or would this thinking make the tablist role completely redundant?

On 23 May 2017 at 18:32, Thierry Koblentz <thierry.koblentz@gmail.com<mailto:thierry.koblentz@gmail.com>> wrote:
For what it is worth, this is a different take on Tab List/Panels: http://cssmojo.com/tab-panel-the-right-way/


Demo: http://codepen.io/pankajparashar/full/oJEAF/


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On May 23, 2017 at 02:42:28, Paul Sandwell (paul.sandwell@heathwallace.com<mailto:paul.sandwell@heathwallace.com>) wrote:
Hi all,

Recently I've been doing research on how to tackle accessibility for a typical set of "tabbed content", where are page with lots of content is split into smaller tabs. I believe this may have come up in the past but I have a few additional concerns.

I understand that the WAI-ARIA design pattern is the most preferred approach (https://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-practices/#tabpanel) as it's used to emulate native OS behaviour. This is great, however:

  *   How well does this translate to mobile devices? What about larger touch only devices?
  *   Wouldn't the change in keyboard behaviour confuse an inexperienced sighted keyboard user?
Is it that we may be using the tablist role incorrectly? Tablist sounds like it's more suited to creating rich web applications (similar to menubar). Maybe we should be using a simpler aria-expanded="true|false" style approach for content based tabs instead?

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance,
Paul

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