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Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.

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The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

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

  • Using only your keyboard, 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, and ensure that you have designed intentional styles for these states: focus, hover, active, and visited.
  • Check to see that focus is always visible and that interactive items on the page appear 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.

Resources

Video tutorial: How I do an accessibility check

WCAG 2.0 references

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