Wizard buttons not 508/JAWS compliant?

syncrasy
syncrasy Community Member Posts: 17
This is a bug within older versions of JAWS, we specifically tested version 7 and reported the bug to Freedom Scientific, who I believe has fixed it in version 8. The problem is that JAWS is disabling the common functionality of tabbing to a link and hitting the enter key to activate it from within a page in the IE browser. This is in violation of 508 compliancy subpart B, 1194.21(b) standards: "Applications shall not disrupt or disable activated features of other products that are identified as accessibility features, where those features are developed and documented according to industry standards."Without JAWS running, keyboard activation of the buttons functions flawlessly within IE for these pages, you can tab to them and activate them fine. As soon as JAWS is turned on, it captures all of the keystrokes, and none of the buttons function any more. It is disabling the common functionality within the IE browser. It even works if you use JAWS with a non-IE browser. However, with IE, JAWS is taking control of the application and breaking 508 standards.You may want to update to the latest version of JAWS and test it. In the meantime, here is Freedom Scientific's workaround that they gave us:
Thank you for contacting Freedom Scientific technical Support. Our development team is aware of this issue. However, you can perform the insert+number row 3 prior to pressing enter to pass the next keystroke through and this will work or use the JAWS cursor and the left mouse click (/) to activate the link.