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Re: accessible drop-down menus

From: David MacDonald <david100@sympatico.ca>
Date: Wed, 1 Jun 2016 22:21:14 -0400
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To: Taliesin Smith <talilief@gmail.com>
CC: Bryan Garaventa <bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com>, Roger Hudson <rhudson@usability.com.au>, Bryan Garaventa <bryan.garaventa@whatsock.com>, WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Mark

Here's a video... feel free to let me know if there is something I'm
missing... I know on a Mac with Safari, the tab key doesn't do much unless
the user preferences have been adjusted... I didn't see anything like that
of FF.

http://davidmacd.com/video-demos/ff-dd/media/firexfox46-menu.mp4

And Bryan, you are one of the great contributors to open standards. thanks
so much for your hard work.

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On Tue, May 31, 2016 at 6:42 PM, Taliesin Smith <talilief@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Bryan for the links to the ARIA articles!
>
> Taliesin
>
> On Sun, May 29, 2016 at 2:07 AM, Bryan Garaventa <
> bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com> wrote:
>
>> “With your menu, would it cause any problems if rather than switching
>> between tabindex=-1 and tabindex=0 for the main navigation items (depending
>> on which has focus), they all just use the tabindex=0 attribute so that the
>> user can tab directly from one main nav item to the next?”
>>
>>
>>
>> Unfortunately this is one of those things that seems to be a logical
>> problem for some, where the logical fix then causes problems for others.
>>
>>
>>
>> So in the case of tabbing, the feedback received using ARIA Menubar and
>> Menu roles by non-sighted screen reader users is that with every tab press
>> it sounds like the user is tabbing to a different menu, making it
>> impossible for the blind user to differentiate one menu construct versus
>> several in the same area, which leads to confusion and user error.
>>
>>
>>
>> This is the primary reason why these roles, such as ‘menubar’, ‘menu’,
>> ‘tablist’, ‘radiogroup’, ‘listbox’, ‘tree’, and others are meant to have
>> one tab stop, because they map to the same control types on the platform OS
>> that provide the same keyboard paradigm for their users, meaning that
>> something that sounds like a Menu needs to act exactly like a Menu,
>> otherwise it causes confusion when it doesn’t.
>>
>>
>>
>> Also, when everybody programs these controls to behave differently, there
>> is no way for any end user on the web to understand how these controls are
>> supposed to act on any webpage, because nothing is consistent.
>>
>>
>>
>> Consistently followed and reliably programmed role and keyboard design
>> patterns would go a long way towards helping others to better understand
>> these controls and how to use them.
>>
>>
>>
>> Recently we published a couple of articles regarding ARIA Tabs that
>> illustrate why these distinctions are important.
>>
>> E.G
>>
>> Danger! Testing Accessibility with real people — Medium
>>
>>
>> https://medium.com/@LeonieWatson/danger-testing-accessibility-with-real-people-4515f72db648#.k0ng5llrc
>>
>> From HTML to ARIA Tabs, A Travelog | HackPoets
>>
>>
>> https://hackpoets.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/from-html-to-aria-tabs-a-travelog/
>>
>>
>>
>> Hopefully this helps to explain the logic a bit.
>>
>>
>>
>> All the best,
>>
>> Bryan
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Bryan Garaventa
>>
>> Accessibility Fellow
>>
>> SSB BART Group, Inc.
>>
>> bryan.garaventa@ssbbartgroup.com
>>
>> 415.624.2709 (o)
>>
>> www.SSBBartGroup.com
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Roger Hudson [mailto:rhudson@usability.com.au]
>> *Sent:* Saturday, May 28, 2016 2:25 PM
>> *To:* 'Bryan Garaventa' <bryan.garaventa@whatsock.com>; 'WAI Interest
>> Group' <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>> *Subject:* RE: accessible drop-down menus
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks Bryan,
>>
>>
>>
>> This example is very nice and seems keyboard and screen reader accessible
>> to me. It is similar (but not the same) as the Canadian Gov Web
>> Experience Toolkit Working Examples Menu (
>> https://wet-boew.github.io/v4.0-ci/demos/menu/menu-en.html)
>>
>>
>>
>> It appears your menu follows the DHTML guidelines which suggest that only
>> the first (or just one) of the main navigation items should be accessible
>> with the tab key, with the others accessed via the arrow keys (i.e. more
>> follows the standard paradigm used with computer applications such as
>> Window Explorer). However, from my testing with keyboard users (with and
>> without a screen reader) I find that a significant proportion expect to be
>> able to tab to all the main navigation items in a web page, and become a
>> little disorientated when this doesn’t happen. And in some cases, either
>> they don’t think to use the arrow keys or don’t know they can be used for
>> this purpose.
>>
>>
>>
>> With your menu, would it cause any problems if rather than switching
>> between tabindex=-1 and tabindex=0 for the main navigation items (depending
>> on which has focus), they all just use the tabindex=0 attribute so that the
>> user can tab directly from one main nav item to the next?
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>>
>>
>> Roger
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Bryan Garaventa [mailto:bryan.garaventa@whatsock.com
>> <bryan.garaventa@whatsock.com>]
>> *Sent:* Sunday, 29 May 2016 3:27 AM
>> *To:* 'Roger Hudson'; 'WAI Interest Group'
>> *Subject:* RE: accessible drop-down menus
>>
>>
>>
>> The following does this.
>>
>> https://github.com/accdc/aria-menubar
>>
>> All the best,
>>
>> Bryan
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* Roger Hudson [mailto:rhudson@usability.com.au
>> <rhudson@usability.com.au>]
>> *Sent:* Friday, May 27, 2016 11:45 PM
>> *To:* 'WAI Interest Group' <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
>> *Subject:* accessible drop-down menus
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi
>>
>> I am looking for examples of main site navigation systems where a main
>> (top) navigation item in the menu is able to link to a landing (section)
>> page, and open a drop-down menu with sub-menu choices. Can anyone suggest
>> examples that are both intuitive to use with the keyboard and accessible
>> with a screen reader.
>>
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Roger
>>
>>
>>
>> *Roger Hudson*
>>
>> Web Usability
>>
>> Mobile: 0405 320 014
>>
>> Phone: 02 9568 1535
>>
>> Web: www.usability.com.au
>>
>> Blog: www.dingoaccess.com
>>
>> Twitter: http://twitter.com/rogerhudson
>>
>> Email: rhudson@usability.com.au
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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