Feedback requested - IE8 issues with keyboard a11y affecting Video Player v0.1 release

Justin Obara obara.justin at
Fri Mar 1 19:14:49 UTC 2013

I feel that we have reached a level of polish that is consistent with an 0.1 release. There are some areas that continue to need work and will be addressed in future releases. 

My recommendation would be to release the current code base as 0.1 and document the critical shortcomings and available work arounds. Going forward, we'll work to address these and other issues with each future release.

We're hoping to put out the 0.1 release of Video Player by Monday. Please let us know your thoughts.


On 2013-03-01, at 11:07 AM, Jonathan Hung <jhung at> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> After doing testing of the Video Player in IE8, we have run across a number of keyboard accessibility issues on that browser. The significant issues are as follows:
>  VP-284 - In IE8, keyboard scrubbing stops working after attempting to scrub
>  VP-279 - In IE8, invisible full screen button is tab focusable. Going full screen removes video player from tab order upon returning to normal mode.
>  VP-278 - In IE8, focus appears on video player container, but activates UIO instead
>  VP-277 - Pressing space on the video container does not start the video in IE9 and IE8
>  VP-93 - In IE8 mute and unmute using keyboard pushes focus onto Transcripts button.
> These issues and other IE8 issues can be found on this page: Current IE8 issues in Video Player.
> The combination of these issues make the keyboard experience in IE8 feel broken. Since we are planning on releasing soon, we need to decide what to do with these keyboard IE8 issues.
> Option 1: Release v0.1 of video player with these known issues (and fix them at a later time)
> Option 2: Hold back release of v0.1 and address some of these issues (exact time / resource commitment is to be determined)
> Option 3: ?
> Feedback, opinions, and suggestions are welcome.
> - Jon.
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