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Re: Which form item is more accessible?

From: Kelly Ford <kford@teleport.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 14:45:55 -0700
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To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

By selection box I'm guessing what screen readers term a list box where
several of the selections are visible and one can cursor through them or a
combo box where one choice is presented and the up and down arrow open the
list to show more.  Either of these options is much more desirable than
radio buttons in my opinion.  Screen readers accurately read the pointed to
item in both cases and avoid the hit and miss of radio buttons.

At 01:01 PM 9/14/99 -0700, you wrote:
>A question has come up in a project that I'm consulting on about whether
>a group of radio buttons or a selection box is generally more 
>accessible for blind users.  A problem with radio buttons can be
>determining which button is selected.  Also, going through a list
>of radio buttons can be more time consuming when a blind person is just
>tabbing.  Using a selection box seems to avoid these two problems.
>Are there draw backs to a selection box which makes it less desirable
>than a group of radio buttons?
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