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[Bug 13626] New: Facilitate grouping of menu items

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Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:39:41 +0000
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Message-ID: <bug-13626-2486@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

           Summary: Facilitate grouping of menu items
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: All
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Keywords: a11y, a11ytf
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec (editor: Ian Hickson)
        AssignedTo: ian@hixie.ch
        ReportedBy: gcl-0039@access-research.org
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, public-html-wg-issue-tracking@w3.org,
                    public-html@w3.org, public-html-a11y@w3.org

In order to facilitate structural or hierarchical navigation and progressive
disclosure, the HTML5 specification should emphasize giving names to groupings,
including to groups of menu items.

The current HTML5 draft specification strongly emphasizes the use of hr
elements to divide menu items into groups, rather than recommending methods
that allow providing labels for those groups. This prevents the user agent from
giving users a meaningful list of sections to navigate through. It looks like
some methods are probably supported, such as by using a nested menu element
that's labeled by a label element rather than a label attribute, and so would
by default be presented inline rather than as a submenu, but they're not
discussed in detail or recommended. 

Use case: Nadia is blind and using a web browser with a screen reader. The
document contains a menu structure created with the HTML5 menu element, and it
includes some very long menus with many groups of menu items separated by
horizontal rules into various groups or sections. As Nadia uses the down arrow
key to navigate through the menu items, she has to pause for each one to be
read to her, so traversing a long menu takes a long time and a lot of effort.
She would prefer to have the menu presented to her in hierarchical fashion that
uses progressive disclosure, so she could navigate through the short list of
sections, and then through the short list of commands in the desired section,
rather than through one long list of items.

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