Empty (blank) search redirects to index page
|Reported by:||Elpie||Owned by:||ryan|
If a user sends an empty search in the frontend WordPress loads the index page, without warning and without sending an error notice. This contravenes WCAG2.0 success criteria 3.3.1 & 3.3.3. See: http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/PR-WCAG20-20081103/#minimize-error
This was raised on the forums 6 months ago: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/218195
While this is a usability issue and the lack of an error message can cause problems for all users, it is also a significant accessibility issue - particularly for blind users who get no warning that the page has changed.
In the backend there is no redirect, but nothing happens. An error message should be displayed to alert the user that they need to input a search term.
This is not new behaviour in 2.8 but the increased attention to accessibility as well as to usability makes this omission more obvious.
Change History (6)
- Component changed from General to Query
- Keywords needs-patch added
- Milestone changed from Unassigned to Future Release
- Owner set to ryan
- Type changed from defect (bug) to enhancement
comment:2 dhruvbaldawa — 3 years ago
- Keywords changed from needs-patch accessibility, WCAG to needs-patch accessibility WCAG
- Resolution set to fixed
- Status changed from new to closed
comment:3 dhruvbaldawa — 3 years ago
- Resolution fixed deleted
- Status changed from closed to reopened