Rule KEY-3
The functions or actions of the links, form controls or other interactive elements must be operable with the keyboard.


Best Practice Type: Manual Check

  • For widgets like comboxes, trees, grids, sliders and many other types of controls that provide features beyond standard HTML links and form controls should follow the DHTML Style Guide


input[type=text|password|radio|checkbox|file] (HTML4)

textarea (HTML4)

select (HTML4)

input[title] (HTML4)

input[type=image] (HTML4)

object (HTML4)

embed (HTML4)

select[onchange] (HTML4)

[onclick] (HTML4)

[onmousedown] (HTML4)

[onmouseup] (HTML4)

[onmousemove] (HTML4)

[onmouseover] (HTML4)

[onmouseout] (HTML4)

Associated Accessibility Guidelines and Standards

Guideline or
Requirement Priority Test
IITAA 13.2 Ensure that significant interactions can be performed with both keyboard and mouse. Required Manual Check
Section 508 1194.22 (a) A text equivalent for every non-text element shall be provided (e.g., via "alt", "longdesc", or in element content). Required Manual Check
WCAG 1.0 9.2 Ensure that any element that has its own interface can be operated in a device-independent manner. Required Manual Check
9.4 Create a logical tab order through links, form controls, and objects. Required Manual Check
WCAG 2.0 2.1.1 Keyboard Required Manual Check
2.1.2 No Keyboard Trap Required Manual Check
2.1.3 Keyboard (No Exception) Required Manual Check



Evaluation Techniues

Testsuite Tests