Rule: Content on Hover or Focus

Rule ID Keyboard 7
Conformance Required
Definition When pointer hover or keyboard focus triggers additional content to become visible and then hidden, the content is dismissible, hoverable and persistent, there are some exceptions.
  • Users with low vision who view content under magnification will be better able to view content on hover or focus without reducing their desired magnification.
  • Users who increase the size of mouse cursors via platform settings or assistive technology will be able to employ a technique to view obscured content on hover.
  • Users with low vision or cognitive disabilities will have adequate time to perceive additional content appearing on hover or focus and to view the trigger content with less distraction.
  • Users with low pointer accuracy will be able to more easily dismiss unintentionally-triggered additional content.
Conformance Required
WCAG Success Criteria

Success Criterion 1.4.13 Content on Hover or Focus

Rule Category Keyboard Support
Rule Scope Page
  • Dismissible: Make sure content does not interfere with viewing other content on the page by making sure it does not obscure any other content or that the content can be easily dismissed using the pointer or a keyboard command like the escape key.
  • Hoverable: When content appears it remains visible if the user hovers over it with their pointer.
  • Persistent: COntent remains visible until the user removes hover or focus form the trigger and the additional content, the user activates a command to hide the information, or the information ois not longer vaild (e.g. a busy message).
  • Exceptions: There are some exceptions, for example error messages. Please read the requirements carefully for exceptions.
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