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Re: New internal draft of HTML techniques

From: Paul Bohman <paulb@cc.usu.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2004 00:57:14 -0400
Message-ID: <4107322A.3090501@cc.usu.edu>
Cc: WAI-GL <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Joe Clark wrote:

> They're [optgroup labels] plainly displayed and visible. ...
> They don't *hide* the optgroup text. It is not *invisible* or absent.

The optgroup label is still there, but unless your Windows browsers work 
differently than mine, keyboard users never see the optgroup label of a 
drop-down list. The only way to see the optgroup labels is to use a mouse.

When I use my *mouse* to select a drop down list, I can see the whole 
list. I see the selectable options and I see the optgroup labels. 
Everything works fine with a mouse.

However, when I tab to the form element, and then use the arrow keys, 
the browser cycles through one option at a time. I never see the full 
list. It never cycles through the optgroup labels. I get the same 
behavior in my Mozilla based browsers, my IE browsers, and my Opera 
browsers.

-- 
Paul Bohman
Project Coordinator
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
www.webaim.org
Utah State University
www.usu.edu
Received on Wednesday, 28 July 2004 00:58:07 UTC

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