JAWS announces that an inline edit area is a button

Michael S Elledge elledge at msu.edu
Tue May 12 15:36:58 UTC 2009

This is an excellent discussion. It sounds like designating the Inline 
Edit as a textbox role could make the most sense.

Also, the Use Case Storyboard for Inline Edit 
calls for a couple of things that could help. One is the announcement 
"click item to edit" after the editable line receives focus and is read, 
the other is identifying the type of information to be removed when 
focus moves to the Remove button, i.e., "Remove this *section*."

Could these additions help solve the problems? As you mention, helpful 
information should be contextual and proximate.


Alison Benjamin wrote:
> Hi,
> Another issue that's come out of testing with JAWS users is that the 
> inline edit area is a button. The jira is:
> http://issues.fluidproject.org/browse/FLUID-2652  The problems are:
> - JAWS announces that an inline edit area is a button. Only *after* a 
> user presses ENTER does JAWS announce that you can type in text.
> - no indication about how to make or save an edit
> - no indication that an edit is successful
> - the JAWS virtual buffer needs to be refreshed or the user will not 
> be able to see the changes made.
> To my mind, two things are going on here. Firstly, there is the issue 
> of whether the Inline Edit should have a button role or a textbox 
> role. (This issue was also discussed in this thread last year:
> http://www.mail-archive.com/fluid-work@fluidproject.org/msg00866.html 
> and button was used. )
> A button is not a user input (http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/#button) 
> but it supports the "aria-pressed" state which could be promising. On 
> the other hand a textbox  (http://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria/#textbox)  
> could have the "aria-readonly" property set to false.
> The other issue is how a user gets information about how to use the 
> Inline Edit. For example if it's a button the user does not expect 
> that clicking on it will mean an editable area will occur. Maybe there 
> is a way to hide information about how to interact with Inline Edit. A 
> user doesn't necessarily want to read instructions before they 
> interact with a page. Ideally as they use the page, it should become 
> apparent how they can interact with it.
> Alison
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