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Take the #NoMouse Challenge

This article appeared in the May 15, 2018, issue of the student newsletter.

Thursday, May 17, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. To help raise awareness about online accessibility, the DCCCD Accessibility Task Force is encouraging students and employees to take the #NoMouse Challenge.

What is it?

The #NoMouse Challenge is a global effort to raise awareness about accessible web design. Just follow these three simple steps:

Step 1. Use the web without a mouse.

If you or your organization has a website, try using it without a mouse. Use the keyboard instead. If you don't have a website, try a few of your favorite websites without a mouse, just using the keyboard. See below for tips for using the keyboard to access web pages.

As you do this, ask the following questions:

  1. Can I access all features?
  2. Can I operate all buttons, sliders and other controls?
  3. Can I easily tell where I am on the page?

Step 2. Learn more about accessible web design.

If you're a person who designs or develops websites, creates videos or produces digital documents, always consider whether the content you're producing is accessible to everyone. Try to learn and apply new skills that will help you to produce more accessible content.

Step 3. Spread the word!

Use the #NoMouse hashtag wherever hashtags are supported.

Tips for using the keyboard to access web pages:

  • Press Tab to move to the next link, form element or button
  • Press Shift+Tab to move to the previous link, form element or button
  • Press Enter or spacebar to activate the current link or button
  • Use arrow keys, Escape or other keys if doing so would seem to make sense
  • Press Alt+Right Arrow to go back one page in your browser

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