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The details and summary elements, again

I’ve already written about the and elements, but there is more to tell, and there have been some changes since I last wrote at length about them in 2018. and HTML’s and elements can be used to create native disclosure widgets – an expand/collapse widget where more information or interactive controls related to a topic (identified via the subtree content of the , or text preceding the disclosure widget) can be found. These native disclosure widgets function without JavaScript, unless you need to support legacy browsers. Yes, IE11 is no longer supported, but that doesn’t mean it’s been erased from existence. Do what’s necessary for your users. HTML classifies both elements as “interactive elements”. The element serves as the containing element for the widget, though it is not expected to be directly interacted with by users. Nor is generally expected to be exposed to assistive technologies. The open attribute of the element is used to modify the expanded or collapsed state of the widget. When present it represents the widget being in the expanded state, and when absent the collapsed state. While the attribute is used on the element, the state is programmatically communicated by its required element. The element, the only child content of the that will be persistently visible regardless of the widget’s state, acts as the disclosure widget trigger. It serves as its “legend” or “caption” as a means to represent the further contents of the element. Interacting with the element will toggle the open attribute of its parent . Generally, the element will expose an “expanded” or “collapsed” state, correlating to the open attribute existing or not on the parent , and thus programmatically conveying whether the associated content is shown or hidden. The element is ‘supposed to be’ exposed to assistive technologies as having a “button” role. However, its role may also be announced as “summary”, or even as a “disclosure triangle” because that’s a choice someone made on purpose… and even sometimes (unfortunately) no role at all. How it is exposed is contingent on the platform/browser and screen reader pairing. More on this later. The following is an example of a and . Learn how the element is exposed to AT: Depending on the screen reader and browser pairing you may be using, the element would have been exposed in one of the following ways: “Disclosure Triangle” with Narrator, VoiceOver and TalkBack when paired with Edge/Chrome. “Button” with NVDA when paired with Firefox, Edge or Chrome. “Summary” with VoiceOver when paired with Firefox or Safari. Bugged behavior or no role announced with TalkBack with Firefox or iOS VO with Safari, respectively. These results and more can be found with this CodePen. The simplified markup of the previous disclosure widget is as follows: … … … You don’t need to have a as a sibling element to the . I just like to add it for styling purposes. s are fine if used appropriately, after all. A summary, whether you want it or not Browsers will automatically add a element as the first child element of a if it was not explicitly added. The subtree for this overlooked would contain the localized fallback text of “details” (which would be the element’s accessible name). The following disclosure widget demonstrates this error correction: Oh hi there.  » Read More

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