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Change the inserter search result message from assertive to polite #13388

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afercia commented Jan 20, 2019

This PR seeks to improve screen readers behavior when using the Inserter. For more details please refer to the related issue #13387.

Please first test on current master:

  • use Safari + VoiceOver
  • tab to the main inserter button
  • press Control Option Spacebar
  • the inserter opens, focus is moved to the search field
  • the search field label "Search for a block" is not announced
  • the number of results is announced almost immediately

Switch to this branch

  • repeats the steps above
  • check the search field label "Search for a block" is announced correctly, followed by the number of results

screenshot 2019-01-20 at 18 44 50

Fixes #13387

@afercia afercia force-pushed the update/inserter-search-result-message-polite branch from f5e8b07 to fa62d12 Jan 21, 2019


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afercia commented Jan 21, 2019

Rebased to incorporate the changes from #13395 and pass the tests.

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I'm not sure of the reason why a message using 'assertive' option disappears faster, but I followed the test steps, and I verified that before the message disappeared almost immediately on voice over without being totally spoken and now the message is completely spoken.


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afercia commented Jan 25, 2019

Thanks @jorgefilipecosta. To clarify: it's the assertive message "61 results found" that was interrupting the screen reader while it was reading the search field label, so "Search for a block" wasn't announced.

With this change, the search field label is read out first, followed by the number of results.

@afercia afercia merged commit f1e8271 into master Jan 25, 2019

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@afercia afercia deleted the update/inserter-search-result-message-polite branch Jan 25, 2019

@youknowriad youknowriad added this to the 5.0 (Gutenberg) milestone Jan 25, 2019

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