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RE: Fw: [webwatch] Fw: [htmldesigners] What's the difference visually?...

From: Jim Thatcher <jim@jimthatcher.com>
Date: Sun, 09 Dec 2001 19:04:24 -0600
To: Graham Oliver <graham_oliver@yahoo.com>, David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, cturne@essex.ac.uk
Message-id: <NDBBKJDAKKEJDCICIODLGEKCDLAA.jim@jimthatcher.com>
If the combo box has size greater than one, like the dictionary entries at
www.m-w.com (look up "blind," for example), then the combo box is as
inaccessible using the keyboard with Internet Explorer and Opera as it is
with Netscape. But please take notice; it is the onChange event triggering a
form submission that is the problem. It is OK to use onChange to modify form
content, for example. That does not conflict with keyboard access.

Jim
jim@jimthatcher.com
Accessibility Consulting
http://jimthatcher.com
512-306-0931

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Sent: Sunday, December 09, 2001 2:08 PM
To: David Poehlman
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org; cturne@essex.ac.uk
Subject: Re: Fw: [webwatch] Fw: [htmldesigners] What's the difference
visually?...


Hi David / Catherine
There is no visual difference in the appearance of the
combo boxes under the two different circumstances that
you outline.
As you point out some are designed to do something as
soon as you press 'cursor down'.

To access this functionality using the keyboard.

Internet Explorer or Opera.
The user has to know about the (not widely known)
keyboard function 'Alt - Down Arrow' on Windows,
'Shift - Down Arrow' on Mac, to access this
functionality as intended.

Netscape.
This functionality can't be accessed using the
keyboard.

Cheers
Graham Oliver


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