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  • Tabbing To Links Problems in Browsers under Mac OS X
    02/05/2013 3:43PM

    I am working on building some 508 Compliant/Accessible web sites and am testing out how well the navigation works using only the tab key.

    Under Mac OS X with Firefox, Opera, and Safari, by default, the tab key does not cycle through all of the links on a web page.


    • Go to: System Preferences/Keyboard/Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Click on the 'All controls' radio button towards the bottom of the dialog under the text that says: 'Full Keyboard Access: In windows and dialogs, press Tab to move keyboard focus between:'


    • Enabling the aforementioned setting does not do it for Safari
    • Go to: Safari/Preferences/Advanced
    • Under 'Accessibility:' click on the checkbox next to 'Press Tab to highlight each item on a a wepage'


    • Go to: Opera/Preferences/Advanced
    • Click on 'Shortcuts' in the left-hand nav of the dialog
    • Select 'Enable single-key shortcuts'
    • Opera does not implement keyboard navigation the way most other browsers do.  To step through the links on a page, press the 'Q' key to go forward, and 'A' key to step backwards through the links on the page.  'W' and 'S' keys you to navigate between headings <hn> tags.


    • Go to: Chrome/Preferences
    • Scroll all of the way down to the bottom of the settings page and click on 'Show Advanced Settings'
    • Scroll down to 'Web Content'
    • Check the box next to 'Pressing Tab on a webpage highlights links, as well as form fields'
  • Creating a Skip Navigation Link That is Only Visible When it Receives Keyboard Focus
    03/30/2009 1:26PM
    Adding a "Skip Nav" link to your design can sometimes compromise the look and feel of the page.  Moreover it can confuse those visitors who have no idea what it means.

    A good solution is to create a Skip Nav link that is only visible when it receives keyboard focus.  This happens as a user is tabbing through the page.

    To do so, use the following styles and markup:


    #skip a,
    #skip a:hover,
    #skip a:visited

    #skip a:active,
    #skip a:focus


    <div id="skip">
        <a href="#skip">Skip Nav</a>

    <p><a name="skip"></a>
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  • Web Accessibility Validators
    03/30/2009 1:09PM
    Here are links to some accessibility validators sent to me by my friend Karen:
  • AJAX and Accessibility
    11/18/2008 11:22AM
    I'm working on a project that requires the use of some javascript for a simple survey.  The rub is that the pages all need to be accessible.  I've not yet done any work with any AJAX and accessibility but found a few links to articles to get me started.

    AJAX and Screenreaders: When Can it Work?
    Accessibility of AJAX Applications
    AJAX and Accessibility

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