Form Entry Leads to Content Change without Indicating Change Occurred

Short Description

Subsequent options change as result of form entry, but no notification to assistive technology

Long Description

  • A sighted user will often see content changes occur, but a blind or low vision user does not always have a way to know about the change.
  • If a change occurs in a part of the screen outside where a screen magnifier user is focused, they might miss it.
  • Sometimes a screen reader will not be aware of the change, meaning a user cannot interact with the new content until a refresh occurs.
  • Depending on the kind of navigation a user employs, they might entirely skip over new content.

Example of Issue

Recommendations

  • Make screen reader and magnifier software aware of dynamic content through a variety of techniques.
  • Learn more about appearing and disappearing content in the article Dynamic Content on the Accessibility and Usability site.

Accessibility/Usability

Accessibility
Usability

Impacted Assistive Technology

Screen Reader
Screen Magnifier

Impacted Type of Device

Computer
Mobile