WCAG 2.4.3 Focus Order

When users tab through your website, the content appears in a logical order.

What to do?

  • Ensure the links, form fields, and any other areas of engagement that receive focus on your website are tabbed through in a sensical order


Plain English Explanation

All this success criterion is asking for is that you’re able to tab through a website in a logical, sensical manner.

For example, it wouldn’t make sense to tab from a menu link in the header and immediately go to a search box in the footer, bypassing a registration form in the middle of the page.

What we’re doing here is making sure the tab order goes in a logical sequence that flows in a sensical manner.

If you meet all of the success criteria thus far, you’re probably in good shape here but you definitely want to triple check and make sure your focus order is in good shape.