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Re: Seeking guidance...

From: Crystal Allen <crystal@cpd2.usu.edu>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 14:13:29 -0700
Message-ID: <001401bf9f43$ca7936f0$21117b81@ralph>
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
Cc: "Melinda Morris-Black" <melinda@ink.org>, "Accessibility Listserve" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Thanks for the useful info.

Expanding my question into an area where my knowledge is limited, is it
possible to make pop-up menus that are generated by a mouseover accessible?
An example is the main menu at http://webaim.org (accessibility note: though
the pop-up menus on this page may not be directly accessible, an equivalent
to the menus is provided in the form of a submenu on each page).  Is there a
way to make the pop-up menu directly accessible so that an alternative
(submenu) does not need to be provided?

Crystal Allen

----- Original Message -----
From: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
To: "Crystal Allen" <crystal@cpd2.usu.edu>
Cc: "Melinda Morris-Black" <melinda@ink.org>; "Accessibility Listserve"
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 12:27 PM
Subject: Re: Seeking guidance...

> Making HTML 4 mouseover effects accessible to keyboard users is pretty
> trivial - add an onfocus/onblur to each element that matches the
> onmouseover/onmouseout.
> Making the effects accessible is more complex. It is still important not
> rely on the effects of scripts for providing people with important
> functionality, but there are a couple of thigs you can do. THe goal would
> to ensure that the alternative content provided for an image was updated
> the same time as the image was changed by a mouseover. There are other
> where there is only "accessible" content being affected in the first
> and in that case the important thing is that the user know what is going
> happen, rather than beng surprised by the way a page works benig changed
> seemingly arbitrarily. Although many blind users do not use a mouse, most
> computers have them , and particularly in the case of touch-pad mice such
> are ommon on laptops, the user may not know where the mouse is. (Or they
> have been using mousekeys, and know precisely where it is...)
> Sorry that this is only a partial answer for the moment.
> regards
> Charles McCN
> On Wed, 5 Apr 2000, Crystal Allen wrote:
>   Is there a way to make mouseovers accessible?  If anyone could enlighten
>   with a technique to do this it would be much appreciated.
>   Crystal Allen
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: "Melinda Morris-Black" <melinda@ink.org>
>   To: "Accessibility Listserve" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>   Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 9:13 AM
>   Subject: Seeking guidance...
>   > The issues surrounding inclusion of Javascript and accessibility are a
>   > little confusing. I'm looking to the list for clarification. What
>   > types/elements of scripts seem to be at issue? I know mouseovers are
>   > accessible if tagged correctly. However, I've heard negative feedback
>   > related to using Javascript forms. Any info on this subject is greatly
>   > appreciated.
>   >
>   > I've included a specific example of a script I'm checking for
>   > accessibility. It generates a rotating list of links on the home page.
>   >
>   > http://www.state.ct.us/
>   >
>   > Any feedback related to the accessibility is welcome.
>   >
>   > --
>   > Regards,
>   >
>   > Melinda Morris-Black
>   > melinda@ink.org
>   >
>   >
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Received on Wednesday, 5 April 2000 16:06:03 GMT

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