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RE: Should Datepickers be treated as a Modal Dialog?

From: Subramanian, Poornima (PCL) <psubramanian@hagroup.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:43:25 +0000
To: "Bolena, Zachary" <Zachary.Bolena@Schwab.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
CC: W3C WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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If you see the ARIA patterns, there are two different widgets: Modal dialog, Non-modal dialog.

http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-practices-1.1/#dialog_nonmodal

This Non-modal dialog does not fade out the background content (contrast to what modal does). I think it is of no harm to code the date pickers as non-modal dialog where the keyboard navigation is possible to the background content while date picker is open.

It is important that the date picker widget is easy to interpret announcing its Name, Role, State, Value along with instructions.

Best,
Poornima.

From: Bolena, Zachary [mailto:Zachary.Bolena@Schwab.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 16, 2017 8:55 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: W3C WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: Should Datepickers be treated as a Modal Dialog?

Hello All,

Every example of an "accessible" date picker I have looked at online does not treat the datepicker as a modal dialog. Is this because it is not a seen as a modal dialog but rather a specific task based widget? Should the datepicker container <div> take on the same characteristics as a modal such as hiding the background from screen readers when the datepicker calendar is active?


Thank you,
Zachary Bolena
Senior Manager of Accessibility for User Experience
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

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