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Re: Drop Down Menu Accessibility

From: Jean-Marie D'Amour <jmdamour@videotron.ca>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2001 10:20:23 -0400
Message-Id: <200109221419.KAA22773@tux.w3.org>
To: IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

I tested the two examples of drop down menus with JAWS and Home Page Reader.

The one mentioned by Jonathan is very accessible with keyboard bu not usable 
with JAWS in virtual PC cursor mode. This mode is the default mode and most 
users don't know how to bypass it. The user have to be warned to deactivate the 
virtual PC cursor because without warning, he don't know that some menu item are 

In HPR all the menu items are their but at the end of the page. It's not very bad but 
a bit confusing.

Because the problem described with JAWS and because the large market share of 
JAWS between screen readers, I think this example can't be qualified like 

The second example mentioned by Emmanuelle, works correctly and JAWS and 
HPR see all item of the menus but because the page is reloaded, JAWS and HPR 
restart reading of the page from the beginning. It's an important drawback.

If somebody have other examples to share. I'd very like to have a technique for 
accessible drop down menus to suggest to web developers that I have to traine for 
web accessibility.


Jean-Marie D'Amour, M.Ed.
CAMO pour personnes handicapées
Montréal, Québec, Canada 

22-09-01 05:36:44, Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo <emmanuelle@teleline.es> 
a écrit:

>A more old, but equally accessible model, is the one that I use in the pages
>of the Sidar: http://www.sidar.org
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jonathan Chetwynd" <j.chetwynd@btinternet.com>
>To: <paciello@webable.com>; <webwatch@egroups.com>
>Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2001 8:00 AM
>Subject: Re: Drop Down Menu Accessibility
>> Jim Ley has written an accessible drop-down menu.
>> His current version is linked from here:
>> http://www.learningdifficulty.org/develop/w3c-scripts.html#navigation
>> please fell free to comment.
>> thanks Mike,
>> ps: if you want to comment on the whole document please do!
>> jonathan chetwynd
>> IT teacher (LDD)
>> j.chetwynd@btinternet.com
>> http://www.peepo.com         "The first and still the best picture
>> on the web"
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