Form Entry Leads to Content Change without Indicating Change Occurred

Archived Issue

Current Iteration of Issue

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