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Re: Keyboard Accessibility of Drop Down Menus

From: Charles McCathie Nevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru>
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:47:33 +0100
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org, Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Message-ID: <op.wqb8ljxvy3oazb@chaals.local>
Hi Ramón,

On Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:19:43 +0100, Ramón Corominas  
<listas@ramoncorominas.com> wrote:

> Hi, Chaals and all,
>> For 2.1.3 the requirement is level AAA - for that I consider that you  
>> have to do a good job, at a high level of efficiency. And I would argue  
>> that requiring an extra link to be followed essentially breahces the  
>> "no specific timing" requirement because it is dependent on following  
>> the link at a specific time when you are connected.
> Following this reasoning, no website with links would meet 2.1.3, since  
> you need to be connected for them to work. "timing" is not the same as  
> "time".

As I pointed out in the original, I was outlining a highly legalistic  
argument and not the one I think is fundamentally relevant - but I believe  
it stands up if you squint right. To be honest, I wouldn't bother  
explaining it in a real-world situation - if pressed I would give the  
fuller explanation of my thinking as presented in my email.

(Unfortunately my experience suggests that people rarely even aim for  
level-AAA, and most of those that do don't question individual arguments  
about whether they have achieved a given requirement, since their claims  
are really just aspirational, i.e. not conformant to the requirements of a  
claim, just a badge added to look good).

For what it is worth, my argument here relies on the fact that the  
difference between the scenario of a mouse-only drop-down menu and a  
normal link is that what can happen is different depending on whether you  
use mouse or keyboard - the mouse doesn't require a reconnection, the  
keyboard does.



Charles McCathie Nevile - Consultant (web standards) CTO Office, Yandex
       chaals@yandex-team.ru         Find more at http://yandex.com
Received on Thursday, 3 January 2013 13:48:05 UTC

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