Developers

2.1.4 Character Key Shortcuts

Provide a way to adjust the activation of keyboard shortcuts.

What you need to know

  • This success criterion aims to prevent accidental keyboard triggers by providing a way to turn off keyboard shortcuts entirely, including a second key in the action, or limiting the shortcut to only when a specific component is activated.
  • If you have a keyboard shortcut it needs to meet three requirements:
  1. The shortcut can be turned off.
  2. There’s a way to change the shortcut to include one or more non-printable keyboard keys, for example Ctrl or Alt.
  3. The keyboard shortcut for a user interface component is only active when that component has focus.

What you need to do

If you have a keyboard shortcut on your website, then do any or all of the following: Provide a way to turn it off; Provide a way to change the shortcut to include Ctrl or Alt, and/or; Make the keyboard shortcut only available when a specific component is activated

Reference

Read the full explanation of success criterion 2.1.4 on W3.org.

Related Resource

Read “Support Keyboard Interaction” from Harvard University – Digital Accessibility for more information about this success criterion.