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Unable to navigate through all radio buttons and select option



The following issues occur for an Accessibility application:
  1. On configuring radio buttons in a section, unable to navigate through all the radio buttons and select an option at runtime.
  2. On configuring a label for a radio button, unable to gain focus on the label using the Tab key.

Error Messages

Not Applicable

Steps to Reproduce

Issue 1:
  1. Configure a radio button control.
  2. Use the Tab key to navigate through all the options.
  3. Make a selection.
Issue 2:
  1. Configure a label for the radio button control.
  2. Use the Tab key to gain focus on the label.

Root Cause

Issue 1:

Using a Tab key, the user can only gain focus on the radio button control. However, a defined set of keyboard keys is present to navigate through the options and make a selection.

Issue 2:

In general, a label is not required to have a Tab stop. Only the control must be accessible by Tab navigation (or by another form of navigation method such as using the F key in JAWS etc).


Perform the following local-change:
  1. JAWS states, 'To change selection, use Up/Down arrow'. This is when the Up/Down arrow keys can be used to navigate between radio button elements.

    - Use the 'a' and 'Shift+a' keys to navigate through the radio button elements, when JAWS does not mention to engage the Up/Down arrow keys.
    - Use the Spacebar to select a radio button option.

  2. Use a link and create a custom link format in the application skin such that the link displays as a label.

Published May 9, 2019 - Updated December 2, 2021

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