ACCESSIBLE BUTTONS: 4 Built-in Benefits

Different Color Buttons

Ditch the <div> when creating accessible controls. The <button> element is a developer’s friend. Check out these four built-in benefits of using the <button> element:

  • Native keyboard focus.
  • Native role of button, which help AT users understand it’s an interactive element.
  • It can be triggered with Enter or Space without adding any extra JavaScript.
  • It can use the disabled attribute, for when the button shouldn’t be interactive anymore.

RESOURCE: Check out Rob Dodson’s just use buttons video as he demonstrates a few handy button features you might not have seen before.

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