Maps have long been a way of communicating information from carved clay tablets to paper to today’s digital maps. Today, we can create interactive digital maps that can respond to input via mouse, keyboard, voice, and touch. The information here will help make your Interactive web maps accessible so everyone can interact with them.
Tips for Making Accessible Interactive Web Maps
Support Dynamic Content
Ensure dynamic content changes such as in-page updates, popups, and modals are apparent to all users, including AT users.
Ensure Full Keyboard Control
Support a user interface (UI) that can be controlled only using the keyboard, so all elements can be accessed and receive focus.
Test Early and Often
Perform both automated and manual accessibility tests to help evaluate the accessibility of your web map content.
Use Native HTML
Only use ARIA when necessary. For example, use a button instead of divs with role=button.
Find these tips and more when you download the Web Map Accessibility Quick Card.