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Re: Officially suggested keyboard interaction for sub-menu items in the "navigation"?

From: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 22:03:45 +0200
Message-ID: <501445A1.2000607@ramoncorominas.com>
To: Ian Yang <ian@invigoreight.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Hi, Ian and all.

> As defined in the spec, when opening such a 
> sub-menu, vendors should "places focus on the first menu item".
 > (...)
 > Maybe that's fine for assistive technologies to automatically focus
 > the first sub-menu item, but that is likely to confuse mouse users.
 > For the navigation, the first sub-menu item shouldn't get focused
 > before mouse users move their mouse cursor onto it.

It is fine for keyboard users (and not only AT users). You don't have to 
move the focus to the first sub-item for mouse users (remember you are 
under the "keyboard interaction" section).

> That makes me re-think if it is really appropriate to use "menubar", 
> "menu", and "menuitems" in the navigation.

Why not?

> So if there is officially suggested keyboard interaction specifically 
> for sub-menus of the "navigation" rather than using the one for 
> "menubar", "menu", and "menuitems"? If not, wouldn't the above mentioned 
> auto focus thing confuse mouse users?

No, because mouse users will not have this autofocus behaviour, only 
"keyboard interaction" users will have it.

Regards,
Ramón.
Received on Saturday, 28 July 2012 20:04:14 UTC

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