Requiring Right-Click Can Make Your Site Inaccessible
It’s not uncommon to see the instruction, “To download the file, right click and …”, but this can be difficult or impossible for screen reader users to do. The problem is that Jaws and Window Eyes don’t offer an easy way to right click on a link. I can do it, but it’s sometimes quite difficult, even for me, a reasonably advanced user.
If the link is text, I have to use the Jaws cursor to find the link on the screen before I can right click it. (The Jaws cursor is basically the mouse, but you move it with the arrow keys and click with the keyboard.) Just finding the link can often be a slow process.
However, if the link is an image (
<a href=…><img src=…/></a>), there is no text for me to find with the Jaws cursor. The only option left to me at that point is to click on the link, quickly press ESC to cancel the page loading, and then press
Shift+F10 to right click on the link. It took a lot of trial and error to come up with that procedure, so it’s a pretty safe bet that most users won’t be able to download content from these types of links.