Just been talking to gavin henrick and he asked me about the new border around navigation tree items.
- why is it so ugly?
- why do we need it?
- Can we get rid of it (even if just on mouse press)?
- Where in the spec demands it?
- Is it trying to meet AA, or AAA?
The relevant information that I've found for it is suitably vague (https://www.w3.org/TR/UNDERSTANDING-WCAG20/navigation-mechanisms-focus-visible.html) and suggests that it is AA and it comes under section 2.4.7:]
2.4.7 Focus Visible: Any keyboard operable user interface has a mode of operation where the keyboard focus indicator is visible. (Level AA)
IMO, this border is a step backwards in terms of usability and user experience. It's confusing to a majority of users, it's ugly, and it's likely to be removed by themes anyway.