Do automatically updating search results count as a change of context?


If search results automatically update while a user is typing in a search field, is this a change of context?


Under our interpretation of WCAG 2.1 AA, this would not be considered a change of context because of the content that is being updated; the "search results" for example within a listbox of options as a user is typing in the search field is not a major change that changes the meaning of the Web page.

However, if entering text into this search field does change any settings, then this would be considered a change of context.

Changes in context include things such as: opening a new window, moving focus elsewhere, going to a new page, and viewport changes.

For more information on how to ensure your website can be operated with a keyboard only, as well as how to properly manage the focus state of interactive elements, explore the "Keyboard Navigation & Focus Management" course from Accessible Web Academy.

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