[Athen] Keyboard focus and layout tables

Khoa Pham kpham at swccd.edu
Fri Sep 20 10:52:27 PDT 2019


Thank you very much. This helps provides a lot of answers.

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WCAG 2.1 introduced a contrast ratio requirement for non-text elements of 3.0; the success criteria has this note:

In combination with 2.4.7 Focus Visible<https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/#focus-visible>, the visual focus indicator for a component must have sufficient contrast against the adjacent background when the component is focused, except where the appearance of the component is determined by the user agent and not modified by the author.

Laura Fathauer, WAS
Web Content Accessibility Specialist
Miami University
IT Services
316B Shriver Center
Oxford, OH 45056
Tel: 513.529.3559
Fax: 513.529.1496

On Tue, Sep 17, 2019 at 6:23 PM Khoa Pham <kpham at swccd.edu<mailto:kpham at swccd.edu>> wrote:
Hello everyone,

My apologies if these questions have already been asked.

1. What are the standard or criteria for an acceptable visible keyboard focus indication?

2. Should tables be used to for page content layout such as in Canvas, word documents, and PDFs regardless of the number of table cells used?

I’ve found that some keyboard focus indications are clear and very easy to see when navigating with the keyboard, while other makes me wonder if they are sufficient enough to be considered accessible. Please see the attached images for examples.

For table layouts, I’ve seen a few being used with a minimum of two cells to provide an image of an instructor adjacent to the cell that contains their information. Would this be acceptable?

Thanks in advance,


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