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RE: [Fwd: RE: [Tools List] Simple Search using drop-down list boxes]

From: Andrew Arch <andrew.arch@nils.org.au>
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2006 00:26:30 +1100
To: <shadi@w3.org>, <w3c-wai-eo@w3.org>
Message-ID: <011d01c628c5$721895c0$6601a8c0@yourdh7axfhyur>

Hi George,

Not sure about dexterity and check-boxes vs drop-downs - seems to me to be
quicker to arrow down on average half a list in a drop-down than tab all the
way through a check-list on any visit to the page.

Andrew

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Behalf Of Shadi Abou-Zahra
Sent: Saturday, 4 February 2006 12:07 AM
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Subject: [Fwd: RE: [Tools List] Simple Search using drop-down listboxes]



Forwarding comments from George.


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: RE: [Tools List] Simple Search using drop-down listboxes
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2006 08:04:22 -0500
From: George Heake <gheake@temple.edu>
Organization: Temple University
To: <shadi@w3.org>

Hi Shadi (and group)
I prefer the checkboxes for a couple of reasons. In this case I think they
have a educational value of people seeing "out in the open" other terms that
they might not be aware of it or know they stand for, such as XHTML or PDF.
Even if these same items are in a dropdown, other terms might be missed
because most users don't tend to keep drop down menus open for any length of
time.
Another easy is mechanics, someone with motor or dexterity challenges, it is
easier to check a box versus manipulate a drop down.
But I understand your concern with the languages. What about having the
languages in  a drop down and others, keep as check box?
George

-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-eo-request@w3.org] On Behalf
Of Shadi Abou-Zahra
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 5:38 AM
To: w3c-wai-eo@w3.org
Subject: [Tools List] Simple Search using drop-down listboxes


Hi,

There are currently two implementations of the "Simple Search" page:

* Using checkboxes
 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/eval/tools/simple>

* Using drop-down listboxes
 <http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/eval/tools/simple-slh>

While the first version seems more self-explanatory, it uses much more space
and may be more complex to use. Especially if the entries for language etc
get even longer (which we anticipate).

Suggestions and comments on how each one of these works or does not work for
you is welcome.

Regards,
  Shadi


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Shadi Abou-Zahra     Web Accessibility Specialist for Europe |
Chair & Staff Contact for the Evaluation and Repair Tools WG |
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)           http://www.w3.org/ |
Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI),   http://www.w3.org/WAI/ |
WAI-TIES Project,                http://www.w3.org/WAI/TIES/ |
Evaluation and Repair Tools WG,    http://www.w3.org/WAI/ER/ |
2004, Route des Lucioles - 06560,  Sophia-Antipolis - France |
Voice: +33(0)4 92 38 50 64          Fax: +33(0)4 92 38 78 22 |


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