‘Focus Order’ requires that components receive focus in a logical sequence.
Your users need to find their way around your website in a sequential and meaningful order. You can control this with the ‘focus order’ of your website.
This is the sequence in which users access components on your website. Users with keyboard-only navigation or screen readers will follow the order you have set, so it’s essential your chosen order preserves meaning and usability.
How to Pass ‘Focus Order’
Ensure the focus order of each web page follows a sequence that preserves the meaning and functionality of the page.
- Complex items like tree diagrams do not have to be exactly programmed to a specific order if your users can reach every element.
- You don’t need to set an order if your page doesn’t need to be navigated in a particular sequence to be understood. For example, a random collage of links or images.
‘Focus Order’ Tips
Unplug your mouse and verify that you can use the ‘Tab’ key to navigate to every part of your website and use every function, including search boxes and forms – make sure each page has a sensible order.
If you have complied with Keyboard, you may have already covered elements of this guideline.