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No accessibility annotations are needed for pagination, but keep these considerations in mind if you are modifying Carbon or creating a custom component.

What Carbon provides

Carbon bakes keyboard operation into its components, improving the experience of blind users and others who operate via the keyboard. Carbon incorporates many other accessibility considerations, some of which are described below.

Keyboard interaction

The tab order goes from left to right through the controls in the pagination component. On focus, the dropdowns are opened with Space or with up or down arrows, which also cycle through the values. Both Space and Enter select a value and close the dropdown. The dropdown can also be closed by pressing Esc. The previous and next page arrow buttons are activated by Space or Enter keys.

example of tabbing into a pagination group and arrowing between selections

Interactive elements in pagination maintain their usual Carbon keyboard behaviors and tab order.

When the pagination is at either end of its range, one of the page navigation buttons becomes invalid. When that happens, the button is no longer navigable or operable, like any other disabled control.

tab order bypasses the disabled left-arrow icon

The prior page button is disabled and unreachable when the pagination is at the start of its range.


Not all the elements in pagination have static or visually isolated labels. Carbon constructs a programmatic name for the second dropdown by concatenating some dynamically generated text on the screen. Carbon also provides accessible names for the icon-only buttons.

illustration showing labels for dropdown and icon-only buttons

Carbon provides the accessible names "page number, of 40 pages", "previous page", and "next page" for assistive technology.

Development considerations

Keep these considerations in mind if you are modifying Carbon or creating a custom component.