Testing your site for keyboard navigation will help ensure that keyboard users can access your site.

As a bonus, sites that can be navigated with a keyboard are more likely to be navigable with other input devices such as switches.

How to navigate a website with a keyboard

Generally, pressing tab moves focus between interactive elements and pressing enter will interact with them.

If you are using Safari, option-tab is the default keyboard shortcut to move focus between elements. You can update your settings to make tab the default navigation key by following the instructions in this article: Quick Tip: Safari Keyboard Navigation

Additional keyboard shortcuts are described here: WebAIM - Keyboard Accessibility

Things to keep in mind while testing

It is not enough to simply tab through a webpage from start to end. While navigating the site, keep these things in mind:

Further Reading

  1. WebAIM - Keyboard Accessibility
  2. Nielsen Norman Group - Keyboard-Only Navigation for Improved Accessibility
  3. User Testing - Why Keyboard Usability Is More Important Than You Think
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