By: Peter Abrahams, Practice Leader - Accessibility and Usability, Bloor Research
Published: 29th November 2011
Copyright Bloor Research © 2011
A group of a11y (the accessible way to write accessibility) specialist have decided to try and get the browser manufacturers to fix browser inconsistencies that impact on a11y.
There are a variety of inconsistencies that need resolving so the project has decided to start with three problems related to alt text on images and are asking for everyone who cares to sign the petition. You can see the detail at a11y bugs project and I would urge you to sign.
I have two comments:
I would propose that the a11y bug project tackles this issue next as it can be of significant benefit to many users.
Note: if you want to test out the on-page-link problem then go to the OneVoice website. Press tab and a 'skip to main content' button will appear in the top left (unless you are using Opera), press enter and the focus will move to the content, press tab again and if you are using FF or IE focus will move to the Seven Steps link which is what you would expect. If you are using Safari or Chrome, focus moves to the username input field, which is what would have happened if you had not pressed the 'skip to main content' button at all, not a useful reaction.
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