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Re: highlighting the focus

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2000 11:04:13 -0500
Message-ID: <3A3257FD.71C6B1F0@w3.org>
To: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
CC: Jon Gunderson <jongund@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>, Loretta Guarino Reid <lguarino@Adobe.COM>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, schwer@us.ibm.com, jacobs@w3.org
Al Gilman wrote:
> >At 05:06 PM 12/6/2000 -0800, Loretta Guarino Reid wrote:
> >>Do the User Agent Guidelines indicate whether the element with the current
> >>focus must always be highlighted?
> >>
> >>My impression is that focus elements are highlighted when I move focus to
> >>them via keyboard commands, but if, for instance, I just open an
> >>application, the focus element may not be highlighted.
> >>
> >>As an example, if I open a web page in Internet Explorer, there is no
> >>indication of the focus element. However, if I start tabbing, each new
> >>focus element is highlighted.
> At 08:31 AM 2000-12-07 -0600, Jon Gunderson wrote:
> >Loretta,
> >The situation you describe would mean the user agent would not comply to
> >UAAG.  There are also additional checkpoints that relate to styling and
> >behavior of focus.
> >
> AG::
> Is this really true?  As I interpret the IE behavior, on opening the page _no_
> element has the focus and that is why there is no focused element highlighted.
> I would be surprised if this were not consistent with "the standard model for
> focus in this OS environment" since so much of the OS user interface is run
> through the IE module for its realization.

I agree with Al, here. I don't think that some element must have focus
all times. [Do assistive technology developers assume that some element
has the focus at all times? If so, why do they make that assumption?]

 - Ian

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