Inactive UI components and WCAG 2 compliance
jhung at ocad.ca
Tue Oct 12 14:54:44 UTC 2010
Greg and I were having a conversation in the IRC channel about WCAG
compliance and inactive/disabled UI components. According to the WCAG
guideline, it states:
"Text or images of text that are part of an inactive user interface
> component, that are pure decoration, that are not visible to anyone, or that
> are part of a picture that contains significant other visual content, have
> no contrast requirement."
In the context of a button that is active and then becomes inactive when
activated (i.e. a Submit button that is enabled until pressed), how should
we interpret this guideline? It seems the *act* of becoming inactive is
significant (this merits contrast?), however, the guideline states that the
contrast requirement doesn't apply to inactive components. How should we
handle contrast styling in this case?
Jonathan Hung / jhung at ocad.ca <jhung.utoronto at gmail.com>
IDRC - Interaction Designer / Researcher
Fax: (416) 977-9844
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