List table: sortable column headers accessibility
|Reported by:||afercia||Owned by:||afercia|
List tables can be sorted activating the links in the sortable table headers (if any), in ascending and descending order. See screenshot:
For screen reader users, there's no indication at all the columns can be sorted. A far as I see, this feature is not even mentioned in the Help tab. There are just some links and users don't have a clue what they're meant for. Screen readers will read out, for example:
column 2 Title link column 6 Comments link column 7 Date link
It would be very beneficial to add a clear, concise, information about the header links purpose.
- which columns are sortable
- which order users will get when activating the links (descending or ascending?)
- the current sorting and order
Also sighted users would probably benefit from a clear indication of the initial sorting. In fact, the arrow is displayed only when you change the default sorting so you already have to know the columns are sortable. Displaying the arrow in the initial view could help, as it's done in all similar applications I can think of.
I would also suggest to review the ordering associated with the "first click" on a header link. For example, in the Posts table clicking the Comments header the first time gives an ascending order by Comments count, showing the Posts with 0 comments first, while probably would be more useful to have the Posts with the higher number of Comments displayed first.
Any thoughts and patches more than welcome.
Change History (45)
2 years ago
- Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to 4.3
- Owner set to afercia
- Status changed from new to assigned