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Re: accessible forms

From: jonathan chetwynd <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 2002 19:45:34 +0100
Message-ID: <000d01c21953$d3d448c0$0500a8c0@RJCHETWYND>
To: "Chris O'Kennon" <chris@vipnet.org>, <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

i've already suggested on many occassions that ~10 links is enough per
page(or form in this case) if one is going to run to hundreds, then one
certainly needs to design a way to break them up.

w3 uses something in the navigation at the start of a page that allows one
to jump across links, perhaps it could include a warning, ie 200 links.
also one really wants an escape key.

visual navigation needs a different design criterion to auditory.
for instance at http://www.peepo.com i've arranged for the 'frame' content
which is on every page (ie the alphabet) to frame the pages visually, but to
be read last.

in the interim, i'd recommend arranging for these long lists to be at the
end of the page


----- Original Message -----
From: "Chris O'Kennon" <chris@vipnet.org>
To: <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Cc: <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 7:15 PM
Subject: accessible forms


>
> I read the client-side scripting draft [1] and the html techniques for
wcag
> 1.0 [2].  I don't see anything about coding drop-down menus so a user can
> move from the menu to the next form field without having to tab through
> everything else in the menu.  For example, the Virginia Commonwealth
> Calendar [3] has several drop-down menus needed to access the government
> meetings.  In order to select an agency, a screen reader would then have
to
> go through the rest of the options before the user could go to the next
form
> field.  Although this allows the application to be technically used, the
> difficulty in going through 200 agencies makes it effectively
inaccessible.
>
> Could this be addressed in a future draft of the client-side scripting
> techniques?  Or is it already there and I just missed it?
>
> [1] http://www.learningdifficulty.org/develop/w3c-scripts.html
> [2] http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/NOTE-WCAG10-HTML-TECHS-20000920/
> [3] http://www.vipnet.org/portal/cgi-bin/calendar.cgi
>
> Chris O'Kennon
> Commonwealth of Virginia Webmaster/
> VIPNet Portal Architect
> www.myvirginia.org
>
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