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Keyboard users - how to access descriptive text on drag and drop page using keys 2 months 5 days ago #7680

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Hi Xerte community,
Hopefully you can help with my inquiry.

Question:  How do keyboard users access the descriptive text revealed on the page when successfully matched the drag and drop items?

What instructions should be added here for keyboard users?

xerte.northampton.ac.uk/xertetoolkits/play_4701

An example Xerte is above (not being used, but just an example for use with this question) and I would like to know what instruction text I provide to keyboard users who have successfully matched the drag and drop item, and now need to read all of the descriptive text on the page, which includes using the hyperlinks which may be on the page, and if a lot of text, being able to scroll down that page to read all text.

When I press the tab key it tabs through the screen but not on to the main content screen where the descriptive text is displayed, after matching drag and drop successfully, to reveal the descriptive text.

Hope my inquiry makes sense.
I look forward to hearing from you with some advice.
Best regards
Anne

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Keyboard users - how to access descriptive text on drag and drop page using keys 1 month 3 weeks ago #7698

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Hi Anne
I think there is an issue with the logic in this page for keyboard only use. As I think you realise it works fine for keyboard only users to interact with the page using tab, space and enter but as soon as the keyboard focus moves away from the hotspots and/or items the page text is hidden and therefore any links in that text can't be reached.

I've listed this as an issue and we'll have a look at fixing this if we can but as a short term solution you could add an instruction on your first page that any links shown during the interaction are available from x where x could be a later page, a standalone page or even just as links on that first page.

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Ron
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Keyboard users - how to access descriptive text on drag and drop page using keys 1 month 3 weeks ago #7700

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If the user is using Windows, another option would be for the user to use MouseKeys - set up by clicking on Start button and typing MouseKeys. They need a numbr pad on the keyboard for this but if they are using a laptop they may have equal success with a usb number pad. Mousekeys allows users to move the mouse using the number pad keys and then clicking using the Enter key.
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