[wp-hackers] time to drop tabindex.

Lynne Pope lynne.pope at gmail.com
Sun Dec 14 12:28:23 GMT 2008

2008/12/15 Rich Pedley <elflop at googlemail.com>

> Firstly let me direct you to a few sites:
> http://blackwidows.co.uk/blog/2006/11/03/tabindex-at-your-peril/
> http://www.webaim.org/techniques/keyboard/tabindex.php
> http://www.access-matters.com/2006/08/27/quiz-tabindex-disorder/
> and from my comment on one of those:
> One thing that sticks out a mile is this "disorienting for the (screen
> reader) user". Once again it has been assumed that the only people who
> navigate a website via the keyboard is a screen reader user. This is
> not the case, I know many people who prefer to use the keyboard, or
> are in fact forced to because they are unable to use a mouse. If the
> tabbing index does not follow the flow of the page then it becomes
> very disorientating. You have to visually try and 'guess' where you
> are.
> and that was from over 2 years ago.
> So my question - is it time to drop tabindex from the Wordpress core?

I have been removing tabindex from the core files for years, whenever I have
developed a site for someone who has accessibility issues. If it was removed
from the core this would save me some work ;)


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