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RE: Multiple Select Dropdown Menus

From: Robert Walpole <robert.walpole@devon.gov.uk>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 09:22:57 +0100
Message-ID: <C9EA440929C8264DAB7C215BD4B2D65C02E5515A@dschl72.ds.devon.gov.uk>
To: "Lubow, Scott" <lubow_scott@bah.com>, "WAI Interest Group list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

There is a nice alternative you can use for multiple selects which you
can read about here http://c82.net/article.php?ID=25.

We have used the idea on our own site
http://www.devonline.gov.uk/community - the select boxes appear when you
do a search. There is no JavaScript involved, you can make selections
using mouse or keyboard (tab to navigate - space to select) and the
menus work well when viewed in a text browser such as Lynx. 

Rob Walpole
Devon Portal Developer
Email robert.walpole@devon.gov.uk
Web http://www.devonline.gov.uk


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org 
> [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Lubow, Scott
> Sent: 10 May 2007 17:53
> To: WAI Interest Group list
> Subject: Multiple Select Dropdown Menus
> 
> 
> 
> Hi Everyone,
> I have a question regarding accessible dropdown menus.  
>  
> We have list box in which the user can select multiple options.
>  
> However, when using just the keyboard, it seems the user can 
> only select
> options that are grouped together.  
>  
> For example:
>  
> <select multiple size="5" id="test" name="test">
> <option value="" selected></option>
> <option value="1">BSD, Business Systems Development</option>
> <option value="2">BSMO, Business Systems Modernization Office</option>
> <option value="3">Comp Sourcing, Competitive Sourcing</option>
> </select>
>  
> The user can select option 1 and option 2 by holding SHIFT 
> and the down
> arrow... But what if the user wanted to select 1 and 3 with the
> keyboard?  
> 
> Any suggestions?
> 
> Thanks
> Scott
> 
> 
Received on Friday, 11 May 2007 08:23:14 GMT

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