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Re: radio button & drop-down

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 21:24:51 -0500
Message-ID: <001801c39cfa$ab7933f0$6401a8c0@handsontech>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, <Kieran_M_O'Brien@national.com.au>

With jaws, if you tab to a radio button and turn forms mode on, down arrow
will take you through the radio buttons and announce their positions.  This
is of course with internet explorer.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Kieran_M_O'Brien@national.com.au>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Monday, October 27, 2003 6:46 PM
Subject: Re: radio button & drop-down


Thanks for your response. But unfortunately tabindex has no impact on radio
buttons. I tested this myself just to make sure I wasn't reading
incorrectly. It is a bit of a pain the way radio buttons work. Part of the
problem is that when my test user was using it, he didn't realise there
were more than one radio button because jaws doesn't announce radio button
1 of 10 or something like that, so he instincitvely hit tab, which then
took him to the drop-down associated with another radio button. I will have
to rethink this screen I think.

Thanks anyway.


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Kieran_M_O'Brien@national.com.au wrote:
> I ask this question because in testing this app with a visually impaired
> person, he tabbed from the first radio button into the second drop-down
> selected an option thinking that he was selecting an interest rate for
> loan where in fact he was choosing it for a different one.

My question is: are you using a logical tab order?  That is, should the
fields be read in the order in which they appear in the HTML code?   If
not, maybe you should consider using tabindex.



Matthew Smith
Kadina Business Consultancy
South Australia
Received on Monday, 27 October 2003 21:24:55 UTC

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