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Re: Dropdowns and Screen Readers

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2001 20:56:03 -0400 (EDT)
To: Lubow Scott <lubow_scott@bah.com>
cc: w3c <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0105152050540.10991-100000@ns.shellworld.net>
Hi Scott,

My guess is that you are working with JAWS in what it calls the Virtual PC
mode.  If you are moving through the web page a line at a time with an
arrow key it is a good bet this is the mode you are in.  To read the full
dropdown you need to do two things:

1. With JAWS focus on the dropdown, press Enter.  JAWS should say Forms

2. Press alt-down arrow to open the drop down, and then use the arrow keys
to read the choices.

You can tell for certain what mode JAWS is in by pressing alt-delete.
This will give you a message telling you which cursor is active.

When you are finished with a dropdown or any input control, you should
press the numeric keypad plus to return to Virtual PC navigation.

This navigation scheme for input controls is not unique to JAWS.  The name
is different but Window-Eyes for example behaves an almost the identical


On Tue, 15 May 2001, Lubow Scott wrote:

> Can JAWS or other screen readers read drop down form elements in web
> pages.  I have a web site that has a drop down and JAWS only reads the
> top value and does not continue to read the rest of the list.  Is there
> something that needs to be modified in the form or in JAWS.
> Thanks
> Scott
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