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RE: Drop-down navigation boxes (fwd)

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2000 01:30:53 -0500 (EST)
To: Wayne Myers-Education <wayne.myers@bbc.co.uk>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0002150128170.30445-100000@tux.w3.org>
As I understand it they are fine in english, but casue a problem in TIFLOWIN,
a common spanish screen reader (because it is cheap, so widely used, but
hangs when the screen changes). Interestingly, one of the options Lynx
provides is to render drop-down boxes as checkbuttons instead - there must be
a reason why this seemed desirable.

I am interested in knowing if they are still a problem, so if anyone has
up-to-date information it would be nice to find out.

Charles McCN

On Mon, 14 Feb 2000, Wayne Myers-Education wrote:

  Hi,
  
  This question came up recently in the BBC - I thought I'd answered
  correctly, and would like to double check I'm right, since I am no longer
  wholly sure. I have been operating with the idea that no form element in
  HTML is in itself a problem, it's just a question of creating the form in
  such a way as to be navigable with the keys only. Is that right? Or should I
  get back to my colleague and tell them no, avoid drop-down boxes.
  
  BTW, in case anyone was confused by the misinfo, drop-down navigation boxes
  in HTML require neither Java nor Java script - a server side CGI script
  (about three lines of Perl, maybe more in other languages), can provide a
  drop-down box handler that will function identically regardless of the
  calling browser, and will also remove the temptation (or indeed ability) to
  implement something that lacks a 'Do The Thing I Just Asked You To' button
  and acts as soon as thing selected in the drop-down is selected. (Ugh.)
  
  Cheers etc.,
  
  Wayne
  
  Wayne Myers
  Software Engineer, BBC Digital Media,
  Coder/Producer, Betsie Project
  http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/betsie/
  0181-752-6116
  

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