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ADA-compliancy with multiple selections [was Re: HTML TAGS]

From: Terje Norderhaug <terje@in-progress.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 10:14:31 -0700
Message-Id: <b34f9140030210048b52@[]>
To: www-html@w3.org
Cc: craig moran <moranc@xpandcorp.com>, Hammer Christian <christian.hammer@schenker.at>
At 9:21 AM 4/30/99, craig moran wrote:
>I realize I'm bringing up another subject here, but does anyone know of
>any way to make multiple selections on a list box (also known as
>multiple-select box) without using a mouse?  I've researched and
>consulted, but to no avail.  This is very important to me, because one
>of my goals as web master is ensuring that our site be ADA-compliant.  I
>would appreciate any help whatsoever.  Thank you.
>Craig Moran
>Department of Labor

The web browser is responsible for providing user interface capabilities
like making multiple selections without using a mouse. Use markup to
describe the content and structure of the information, and you will allow
those with special needs (and everybody else) to get the content presented
in a way optimal for them, included interaction with the data.

In other words, you don't have to worry about how to make multiple
selections on a list box, but leave it to browser vendors. The less you try
to control how your visitors interact with the information, the more
adaptible and thus ADA compliant your site will become.

XML is way to go for ADA compliancy, so I assume the Department of Labor
already have an XML strategy in place?

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Received on Friday, 30 April 1999 13:12:35 UTC

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