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RE: drop downs and on change events

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 14:31:07 -0500 (EST)
To: Dan Billingsley <dbillingsley@msfw.com>
cc: "'John Morse'" <John.Morse@uk.circle.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0201071425270.26120-100000@tux.w3.org>
Actually this isn't quite true. Keyboard users can change the menu
(although one of the most common problems people using IE with a screen
reader encounter is that there is a special key method for doing this -
other browsers have a more intuitive interface) to fire the onChange event,
but people who have disabled script support will not be able to fire it.
However, the solution is still to add a Go button, that provides for an
ordinary form submission to redirecxt the content, rather than itself relying
on Javascript (then you have solved the usability problem of IE, but not the
more fundamental accessibility problem posed by the requirement for scripts)



On Mon, 7 Jan 2002, Dan Billingsley wrote:

  The onchange event will not allow keyboard users to select through the menu.
  Try tabbing through the menu.  The solution would be to add a "Go" button.


  I have a design in front of me which uses a drop down menu that fires an
  action when the users selects and option, presumably using an on change

  there is no 'click and go' button

  how does this fair with you good people?
  I am concerned that a voice browser user may have to click on the menu to
  access it, which will register as a change and so make to hard for the users
  to access the options


  we have already looked at the issue of using scripts for this sort of

  many thanks

  John Morse
  Technical Strategist
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