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Re: drop down menus


From: Paul Collins
Date: May 29, 2009 9:00AM

That doesn't work without Javascript, not sure if that's a problem or not.

I'm a bit confused with ARIA. Is it purely Javascript that is Accessible, or is it supposed to degrace gracefully also, like when you have scripts turned off? Would be great to have a drop down menu that is Accessible in all scenarios.


-----Original Message-----
From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jon Gunderson
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2009 3:42 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] drop down menus

Here is an example of a pull down menu with keyboard and ARIA support:



---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 29 May 2009 07:05:43 -0500
>From: Peter Weil < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>Subject: Re: [WebAIM] drop down menus
>To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>On May 29, 2009, at 2:38 AM, Al Sparber wrote:
>> So-called "pure" CSS menus are sometimes accessible, but never
>> usable.
>I know that this can be a provocative topic (previous threads on this
>subject never seemed to arrive at satisfactory conclusion), but we are
>also looking into the possibility of incorporating dropdown menus.
>However, accessibility/usability is an absolute requirement -- it's one
>of the reasons that we have avoided them in the past. Would you please
>expand on why pure CSS menus are "never usable"? Is javascript a
>necessary component?
>Thank you.
>Peter Weil, Web Developer
>University Communications
>University of Wisconsin-Madison
>Phone: 608-262-6538