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Keyboard assisted test

Identify issues in the keyboard tab order.

Many users rely on keyboards to navigate the web. For a smooth keyboard navigation experience, the keyboard assisted test helps you check for the following points:

  • Whether the keyboard tabs are ordered logically
  • Whether the visibility of a hidden element is set correctly.

A keyboard assisted test involves the following steps:

Run a keyboard assisted test

  1. Launch BrowserStack Accessibility Toolkit.
  2. In the Assisted Test tile, click Select test.
    Click Select test to open an assisted test
  3. From the Starting test drop-down, select the Keyboard assisted test type.
    Assisted Test Type
  4. Select the test scope:
    • Full page: Select this option to test the entire page.
    • Part of a page: Select this option to test a part of the page. If you select this option, you are prompted to manually select a DOM section on the page.
  5. Click Start test. The assisted test detects the tab stops or interactive elements.
  6. The assisted test confirms whether any tab stops were missed. Select Yes or No to confirm.
  7. After all the elements are selected, the assisted test captures screenshots of the elements.

Review keyboard assisted test issues

After you run the keyboard assisted test, the test identifies the elements that are not in the tab order. Follow these steps to review the issues:

  1. For each identified element, answer the question: Can these elements be accessed using only the keyboard? The question has the following possible answers: Answer the assisted test questions
    • No, there is no alternative: This means that the element is not in the tab order and cannot be accessed using a keyboard. Also, there is no alternative way to access the element.
    • Yes, there is an alternative and it is in the tab order: This means that the element is in the tab order, and there is another way to access the element (for example, arrow keys).
    • Yes, there is an alternative but it is not in the tab order: This means that the element is not in the tab order, and there isn’t any other way to access it.
  2. Click Next. The test shows the identified issues.
  3. Click the component to view the issue summary and its fix. Click component to view issue summary
  4. Click Save & end test. The assisted test prompts you to save the test report.
  5. Enter the report name and click Save. You can share the Accessibility Testing Dashboard link to the report or download the report in CSV format.

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