AccessibilityPointer gestures

Pointer gestures or path-based gestures are common elements of a website. You may be familiar with elements such as volume sliders, image carousels and swiping content. Each of these elements are controlled by clicking and dragging the content with a mouse in a given direction or a long a given path.

These types of elements must also be accessible to keyboard users. If you see pointer gesture elements on a website you should try getting to it with keyboard controls and then see if you can control it by using the arrow keys, or other character controls if required.

Find out more about WCAG success criteria 2.5.1 pointer gestures.


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