Developers

2.4.3 Focus Order

When users tab through your website the interactive elements should receive focus in a logical order.

What you need to know

  • This success criterion requires that the user can tab through the interactive elements (for example, links, form fields, buttons, etc.) in a logical way.
  • For example, it wouldn’t make sense to tab from a navigation link in the header, and immediately go to the privacy policy page link in the footer, bypassing all of the content in between.
  • What we’re doing here is making sure the tab order goes in a logical sequence that flows in a logical way.

What you need to do

  • Ensure the links, form fields, and any other areas of engagement that receive focus on your website are tabbed through in a logical order.
  • If your content includes PDF documents, make sure the tab order reflects the logical order of the document.

References

Read the full explanation of success criterion 2.4.3 on W3.org.

Related Resource

Check out “Provide Logical and Visible Focus Indication” from Harvard University – Digital Accessibility for more information about this success criterion.