2.1.1 - Keyboard

The intent of this success criterion is to ensure that, wherever possible, content can be operated through a keyboard or keyboard interface (so an alternate keyboard can be used). This allows the site to be operable by people with vision loss as well as user unable to use a mouse.

Ways to meet the criterion

Keyboard accessibility is one of the most important aspects of disability access. Due to their disability, some individuals rely almost exclusively on keyboard usage:

  • blind individuals lack the required hand eye coordination required with mouse usage
  • individuals with various motor disabilities who cannot operate a mouse
  • individuals who may not be able to operate a standard keyboard and rely on "puff and sip" devices that interact with other assistive software and hardware

Ensure all functionality IS available from a keyboard except when underlying function requires input that depends on the path of the user’s movement and not just the endpoints i.e. hand drawing.

Supported general and HTML techniques to meet the criterion: