Nothing on a website should automatically change just because a user inputs text, checks a box, or navigates down a drop-down box.
What you need to know
- 3.2.2 is almost the same as 3.2.1 but this time we’re making sure that adding input doesn’t create an automatic change. In 3.2.1 we’re only concerned with focus. For example, adding data to a text field should not result in the form being submitted. As another example, checking a check box next to the shipping address you want to use for your order doesn’t automatically complete the checkout.
What you need to do
- Check your website to make sure nothing automatically happens just because an interactive element receives input.
- Although it’s not required for conformance, your website will be more accessible to people with a variety of disabilities if you warn the them when a new window will open.
Read the full explanation of success criterion 3.2.2 on W3.org.
Check out “Giving users advanced warning when opening a new window” from W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative for more information about this success criterion.