Impossible or Difficult to Determine Current Location in Navigation without Vision

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

Current Iteration as Reference

Short Description

Information about where user is within navigation is only or mostly portrayed visually

Long Description

  • Frequently the currently active part of navigation elements will appear to a sighted user as a change in color, an asterisk, or being grayed out.
  • For a screen reader user, it is important that visual information such as a change in color, the appearance of an asterisk, and the graying out of an option also be conveyed programmatically such as through alternative text or a change in status. For example, the tab someone is on currently can have the status "selected" and the screen reader will say that word when it navigates over the tab.
  • Since a screen reader or magnifier user has more limited access to information about the overall layout of navigation and changing content, it is important to provide that information as much as possible.

Example of Issue




Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device