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Re: drop down lists

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 15:07:06 +0100
Message-Id: <8B5E5E9F-742E-11D8-9B3D-000A958826AA@sidar.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: "Kelly Pierce" <kpierce2000@earthlink.net>

Hello Kelly,

to avoid triggering the behaviour, with Internet Explorer you have to 
use a different method for going through the items (I think alt-arrow 
instead of plain arrows). The best solution would be fixing Internet 
Explorer so its behaviour was more intuitive. In the meantime users 
just have to learn how the interface works as is.

To stop the behaviour, you can put the go button back (implemented 
properly to work with or without javascript), instead of triggering 
from an onChange event in the menu itself. (There are other solutions, 
but they are more complicated and don't work very intuitively).

I'm not blind, but I navigate by keyboard a lot. It's an annoying 
behaviour (but I haven't used IE for a long time, which is another 



On 12 Mar 2004, at 14:44, Kelly Pierce wrote:

> Using JAWS 5.0, I have noticed on various websites the use of drop down
> lists that have no go button.  Instead, the non-disabled user would 
> click on
> the list, hold down a mouse button, and pull down the list until the 
> desired
> item is reached, and then letting go of the button with the desired 
> page
> popping up.  With JAWS, I noticed that when in forms mode, each item 
> that is
> highlighted activates the auto redirect feature.

> What is the remedy for this kind of problem?  Does the end user with a
> screen reader need to adjust his computer or should the element be 
> designed
> differently to avoid auto activation of list elements when they are 
> pulled
> down?  If both are possible, how could each be accomplished?
Charles McCathieNevile                          Fundación Sidar
charles@sidar.org                                http://www.sidar.org
Received on Friday, 12 March 2004 09:09:59 UTC

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