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Bug 13738 - "Element level Focus APIs" should include addition information regarding accessibility
Summary: "Element level Focus APIs" should include addition information regarding acce...
Alias: None
Product: HTML WG
Classification: Unclassified
Component: HTML a11y Task Force (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: PC All
: P2 normal
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
QA Contact: This bug has no owner yet - up for the taking
Keywords: a11y
Depends on:
Blocks: 13590
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Reported: 2011-08-10 03:42 UTC by Michael[tm] Smith
Modified: 2016-04-14 14:16 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Description Michael[tm] Smith 2011-08-10 03:42:09 UTC

Element level Focus APIs

In this section, people are instructed to use CSS to hide the focus ring
if they "find it unsightly".  There should be additional information
letting them know that doing so can jeopardize accessibility for some
people including those who can see the screen, but who also rely upon
keyboard accessibility.  

[split out from bug 13590]
Comment 1 Ian 'Hixie' Hickson 2011-08-31 23:10:16 UTC
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Status: Accepted
Change Description: no spec change
Rationale: This seems to have been fixed already.
Comment 2 Léonie Watson 2014-06-26 11:32:41 UTC
Moved to HTML A11y TF component.
Comment 3 Charles McCathieNevile 2016-04-14 14:16:01 UTC
As Hixie mentioned, already fixed in HTML5: 

Do not use this method to hide the focus ring if you find the focus ring unsightly. Instead, use a CSS rule to override the outline property, and provide a different way to show what element is focused. Be aware that if an alternative focusing style isn’t made available, the page will be significantly less usable for people who primarily navigate pages using a keyboard, or those with reduced vision who use focus outlines to help them navigate the page.