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Re: drop down lists

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 10:01:11 -0600
To: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Cc: Kelly Pierce <kpierce2000@earthlink.net>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-Id: <2d9e082b.1ffa9d3c.81a1900@expms1.cites.uiuc.edu>

David Poehlman noted that this does not even work on this particular page. 

I see they have some additional scripting that does modify this keyboard behavior.  

The script seems to detect many other keyboard changes in focus and active a link on TAB or Escape keys.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 09:06:43 -0600
>From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>  
>Subject: Re: drop down lists   
>To: Kelly Pierce <kpierce2000@earthlink.net>
>Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>IE has a command to pull down the menu using the keyboard.  It is not an obvious command, but it was Microsofts response to this problem.
>1. When the select box gets focus the user can type ALT+Down Arrow.  This opens the list box options.
>2. Release the ALT key and use the up and down arrow keys to move the selection to the option you want.  
>3. Use the Enter (Return) key to select the option you want.
>---- Original message ----
>>Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 07:44:01 -0600
>>From: "Kelly Pierce" <kpierce2000@earthlink.net>  
>>Subject: drop down lists   
>>To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>>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.  An example of this is on
>>the web page of Washington Mutual at:
>>The first item that would be recognized as a form field by JAWS is one of
>>these kinds of pull down boxes.
>>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?
>Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
>Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
>Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
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Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
1207 S. Oak Street, Champaign, IL  61820

Voice: (217) 244-5870
Fax: (217) 333-0248

E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu

WWW: http://cita.rehab.uiuc.edu/
WWW: http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~jongund
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