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Keyboard access

Can you reach anything that’s interactive using the tab key?

Why it’s important: Maria has tendonitis and is unable to use a mouse; instead, she uses the keyboard to navigate the web.

Steps to take

  • Use the keyboard to navigate through the page using the tab key.
  • Make sure you can reach all interactive elements and trigger them with the spacebar, enter key, or arrow keys.
    • Use semantic HTML elements that are accessible by default (For example: buttons, labeled inputs, etc). If you must use divs for interactions, ensure they are focusable and labeled appropriately.
  • Check to see that focus is always visible and appears in logical order.
  • Make sure that no content gets focused offscreen or is hidden from view.
  • Check to see that the page includes a skip navigation link (if navigation is present before the main content). This will allow users to skip past navigation to reach the page’s main content.


Video tutorial: How I do an accessibility check

WCAG 2.0 references


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