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RE: DHTML Style Guide - proposed behavior for Rich Text Editor

From: Cain, Sally <sally.cain@rnib.org.uk>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 08:42:53 -0000
Message-ID: <F97D739047BF10458C2A6E71D8E5100B1A41EF@brmmsx02.ads.rnib.org.uk>
To: "Victor Tsaran" <vtsaran@yahoo-inc.com>, "Becky Gibson" <Becky_Gibson@notesdev.ibm.com>, <wai-xtech@w3.org>

Hi,
I would just like to comment on the following: 

<<I, therefore, suggest that by default all buttons should receive the focus,
but their state should be clearly communicated (disabled, grayed out etc).
The user needs to know if a particular control is inactive so they can
figure out the reason for this, e.g. the user meant to select the text for
bolding but they have not done so, thus the BOLD button is disabled to show
that this action canno be performed.>>
 
I would like to support this statement with my experience with applications and using ISO 9241-171 as a software accessibility standard. All elements should recieve focus and their status should be communicated. This is the same with a read only field in a desktop app which should be indicated as 'RO' or some other agreed indicator.
If all items are not in the tab order and do not recieve focus how will the user know the extent of the applications functionality?
 
Thanks
Sally
 
Sally Cain
Digital Acccessibility Development Officer
RNIB UK




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