NoMouse Challenge – February 13 – 17, 2023
What is the #NoMouse Challenge?
The #NoMouse Challenge promotes awareness around accessible web design, encouraging everyone to explore the keyboard accessibility of websites they frequent by navigating without using a mouse or trackpad.
Wake Forest joins this global challenge and encourages all faculty, staff, and students to take 10 minutes out of their day from February 13th to the 17th to participate.
What is Digital Accessibility?
The ongoing work of digital accessibility strives to give all users, including those with disabilities, great and accessible experiences when using digital tools. Websites that support equitable navigation using a keyboard have an important component of good web accessibility in place.
Our #NoMouse Challenge encourages all users to test keyboard navigation of websites they frequent, such as favorite retailers, media sites, and others.
Join the Challenge!
Participants chose their favorite or most frequented websites, or their own site, and navigate them using only their keyboard. No mouse, no trackpad. They Reflected on their experiences via a Google Form. They could submit the form up to 3 times for 9 entries for a chance to win up to a $50 gift card!
Key takeaways from the #NoMouse Challenge in 2023
- Most participants quickly discovered challenges navigating websites using only a keyboard, particularly on sites that lack basic accessibility design.
- Many reported testing some websites that did not support accessible keyboard navigation and found it extremely difficult to interact with Pop-up dialogs, buttons, clickable links, image bars and banners.
- Participants learned the value of keyboard shortcuts and found them crucial for keyboard navigation.
- Many found it difficult to access specific sections of interest on websites and were unable to determine which element had focus.
- Almost everyone had a much greater understanding of the complexities of keyboard navigation, and some expressed their appreciation of the learning experience the Challenge provided.
Participants in the #NoMouse2023 Challenge are invited to display the associated digital badge below:
- Check back February 13th through the 17th to submit your experiences for a chance to win up to a $50 gift card!
- Set aside your mouse and bring your coffee! Join the Valentine’s Day #NoMouse Challenge Zoom Coffee Chat (Tuesday, February 14 from 9:30-10:30 am) for demos and opportunities to share your experiences.
What are keyboard accessibility and assistive technology?
- Web Accessibility Perspectives: Keyboard Compatibility (W3C) (1 minute)
- Assistive Technology (MSFTEnable) (2 minutes)
How do I navigate with my keyboard?
- Introduction to Keyboard Navigation (From Information Systems) (4 minutes)
- Navigating Chrome on Windows by Keyboard: Browsing and Help (from Google) (4 minutes)
- Navigating Chrome on Mac by Keyboard: Full Keyboard Access & Browsing (from Google) (4 minutes)
Want to learn even more?
- Screen Reader Demo for Digital Accessibility w/ reference to keyboard navigation (UCSF) (5 minutes)
- Assistive Technology Video: Switches (The ALS Association Evergreen Chapter) (3 minutes)
- Mobility Aids: Living with Disability (AMI: Accessible Media Inc.) (2.5 minutes)
- Introduction to Web Accessibility (W3C)
- We’ll review your content for accessibility! This is free to you and can help make your content more accessible to a broader audience! (Email email@example.com)
NoMouse Challenge 2023 Made Possible By:
Student Technology Advisory Committee
STAC co-chairs: Paul Braymen, and Madi Shaver
Accessible Content Working Group
- Gregory Brunick
- Norah Elmagraby
- Brianna Healey
- Davita DesRoches
- Kevin Gilbertson
- Suzanne Hawks
- Carrie Johnston
- Jonathan Milam
- Amy Mohan
- Matt Nelkin
- Jeff Nichols
- Don Shegog
- Michael Shuman
- Eudora Struble
- Robert Vidrine
- Libby Welborn
- Lloyd Whitehead
IS Technology Accessibility Team
Jonathan Milam and Eudora Struble
Special thanks to Emily Gregg, IS Digital Media Specialist, for her graphic design expertise.
If this is your first time navigating with only a keyboard, here are some tips to consider.
What to expect when navigating with a keyboard
- Using a keyboard should allow you to navigate to interactive elements, like links, text entry or form fields, or buttons.
- When using the tab key to access an interactive element, you should be able to activate it or enter text, as applicable.
- When you have navigated to an element with your keyboard, there should be a visual indicator, like a highlight or color change, to show what is currently in focus.
- “CTRL + End/⌘ + down arrow” will take you to the bottom of the page
- “CTRL + Home/⌘ + up arrow” will take you to the top of the page
- “CTRL/⌘ + L” will put you directly into the web address bar
- “Enter” will activate buttons and links, if applicable
- “Escape” will exit your current selection/screen, if applicable
- “Spacebar” will select and unselect multiple choice and checkbox options
- “Tab” will move you forward to the next link/button/section
- “Shift+Tab” will reverse “Tab,” or move backwards
Note: the function of these may vary depending on user settings and web design!
Shortcuts for Digital Meeting spaces
NoMouse and resources are adapted from NoMouse.org, a project of The DO-IT Center at the University of Washington, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org