3.2.6 Accidental Activation

WCAG 2.1 Review: Introduction 

WCAG 2.1 now has a first public working draft and ​the working group are inviting comments and feedback via Github

As I'm developing software to test sites for accessibility, I'm reviewing the 28 new proposed criteria for WCAG 2.1, primarily to determine how testable the criteria are using either automated or manual methods. ​

This post concerns a specific criterion: 3.2.6 Accidental Activation. 
To view my feedback on other criteria and more background info, go to my listing of feedback

The Criterion

  • 3.2.6 Accidental Activation
  • Suggested Priority Level: A
  • Text: For single-pointer activation, at least one of the following is true:
    • Activation is on the up event, either explicitly or implicitly as a platform's generic activation/click event;
    • A mechanism is available that allows the user to choose the up-event as an option;
    • Confirmation is provided, which can dismiss activation;
    • Activation is reversible;
    • Timing of activation is essential and waiting for the up-event would invalidate the activity.

    This success criteria applies when platform assistive technology (e.g. screen reader) that remaps touch gestures is not turned on - see proposed SC Touch with Assistive Technology.

My Thoughts

This is the kind of criterion that I like to see, it's clearly defined and very testable, I suppose it's hard to see what kind of common content would fail it, but as people are inventing more custom controls and JavaScript widgets, it's probably necessary. 

I'm happy for this criterion to be added to WCAG 2.1

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