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Re: What is Recommended Practice for "Option Lists"?

From: Patrick Burke <burke@ucla.edu>
Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999 11:09:56 -0800
Message-Id: <199903051910.LAA16832@serval.noc.ucla.edu>
To: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Cc: WAI <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Thanks to Kelly for the secret keystroke. Definitely works.

I am off to write to the Webmasters, basically pulling together the
all of you have made.

Thanks to everyone,


At 10:45 AM 3/5/99 , Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>This is a User Agent implementation issue. In this case I would say that
>the implementation of keyboard access is not intuitive. Which means that
>the documentation of alt-down-arrow is crucial for accessibility.
>On Fri, 5 Mar 1999, Kelly Ford wrote:
>  At 12:55 PM 3/5/99 -0500, Chris Kreussling wrote:
>  >
>  >As far as I know, there's no way to *navigate* through a selection list by
>  keyboard without also selecting each option of the list in turn. Simply
>  moving through the list "selects" the option, which triggers the onChange
>  event. The only way to avoid "selecting" a state is to *scroll* through the
>  list by clicking the drop-down button, clicking the scroll bar to find the
>  state you want, then clicking the state. Notice the "click, click, click"
>  here. There's no way to do this action by keyboard alone, so this is an
>  accessibility design issue.
>  Try pressing alt-down arrow when on the list.  I did this on the page and
>  could move through the list of states without triggering the event.  If I
>  pressed enter on the state I wanted, again after pressing alt-down arrow
>  and moving through the list, I then went to my selected state.
>--Charles McCathieNevile            mailto:charles@w3.org
>phone: +1 617 258 0992   http://purl.oclc.org/net/charles
>W3C Web Accessibility Initiative    http://www.w3.org/WAI
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Received on Friday, 5 March 1999 14:10:47 UTC

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