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From: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 11:09:27 +0930
Message-ID: <3EB9B54F.4020806@kbc.net.au>
To: WAI Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Hi All

I am developing a community directory which may be searched using either 
keywords or a list of categories.

The "advanced category search" is giving me a few problems; whilst the 
basic search by category uses a simple <select></select> with words and 
phrases, the advanced version provides a summary of what may be found in 
the category.  To put this in a <select></select> would make some rows 
impossibly wide.  My solution was to produce a form for each category; 
the result looks like this:


Although it navigates OK in Lynx, I am not happy with it.

I invite comments on this and ask:

1) Is it OK to have the submit control of a form somewhere before the 
end?  Because of the advanced options which may not be used, I have 
placed it after the section title?

2) Is there too much information on the page using this type of 

Feedback would be appreciated.



Matthew Smith
IT Consultant - KBC, South Australia
KBC Web Site    http://www.kbc.net.au
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Received on Wednesday, 7 May 2003 21:39:42 UTC

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