Keyboard Operability Techniques

Posted: December 8, 2021 at 2:51 pm, Last Updated: December 8, 2021 at 2:53 pm

Start by moving the cursor to the top of the page. This can be done by: 

  • Start by pressing Ctrl + Home, or 
  • Click the mouse so that the focus is at the top of the page.

Now, use one of the techniques listed below to test keyboard operability:

Option 1:

  • Use the mouse to hover over any menus to see if they change color/drop down, etc.

Option 2 (Using the keyboard alone):

  • If any buttons/links change color or drop down when you hover with the mouse, do the same effects take place when using just the Tab key?
  • If the Tab focus can be moved to an element, can it also be moved away from that element? (i.e., keyboard traps) 

 Option 3 (With a screen reader): 

  •  Do NVDA and/or VoiceOver read all links correctly when pressing the Tab key? 

Write to Korey Singleton at ksinglet@gmu.edu