Tab panels let users switch between views in the same context.
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Tab panels are used to group related content into views that are shown and hidden. Each view has a corresponding tab that provides a label and controls the panel's visibility.
Tabs in a tab panel should not be links that navigate the user to a new URL. If you want tab-like navigation, use a tab nav instead.
For example, a tab panel is used to switch between the "Branches" and "Tags" views in the branch selection dialog.
The same best practices apply to tab panels as they do to tab nav.
Tab list: A set of buttons used to switch between views. Each tab should concisely label the view it's associated with.
Tab panel: The view associated with the active tab.
The same options are available to tab panels as they are to tab nav.
Tabs, like all interactive elements, can be activated using a cursor or keyboard.
When a user moves focus into the
tablist using the Tab key, the active tab should be focused. A
tablist is only a single Tab stop. Once focused, navigation through the
tablist can then conducted with Left, Right, Home, and End keypresses.
Other a11y guidance
Tab nav and tab panels are almost identical. Reference the tab nav accessibility guidelines for more guidance.
|Tab||Moves focus from the tablist to the tab panel or next focusable node.|
|Enter||Activates the focused tab.|
|ArrowLeft||Activates the previous tab. If a user is focused on the first tab, wrap to activate the last tab.|
|ArrowRight||Activates the mext tab. If a user is focused on the last tab, wrap to activate the first tab.|