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Re: Javascript Navigation Question ( www.freediskspace.com )

From: Paul Bohman <paulb@cpd2.usu.edu>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 16:00:57 -0700
Message-ID: <00a201bf6788$0a827c00$20117b81@usu.edu>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
-- From original message:

The problem isn't with coders using onmouseover and onmouseout instead of
onfocus and onblur, it's with using onclick exclusively, instead of using it
with onkeypress or a similar event handler.

-- My commentary:

This thread brings up a question that I have been wanting the answer to for
a while now. Is there a keyboard equivlent of "mouseover." For example, is
there a way that you can trigger a mouseover rollover by tabbing to the
link? I've experimented with the onfocus command in javascript, but I
haven't been able to get it to work right.

If you're wondering why this is even an important issue to me, then I'll
briefly tell you. There are times when a mouseover event is extremely useful
to an individuals who can use a mouse. For example, a designer at U.S.U.
created a page that is a map of the campus. When you mouseover the text list
of locations on the bottom, the location is highlighted on the map above,
using a rollover-type technique. By "tab-enabling" a mouseover link, this
allows individuals with motor disabilities (and other non-mouse users) to
get the same visual results.

I realize that "tab-enabled" mouseovers are probably of little use to those
who are blind, but this would at least make the functionality "more"
accessible to a larger audience than it is currently.

If someone could post some code, I would be extremely grateful.

Paul Bohman
Web Accessibility in Mind
Received on Tuesday, 25 January 2000 18:01:24 UTC

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