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Re: WCAG 2.0 testing global horizontal navigation with dropdown question.


From: Detlev Fischer
Date: Mar 14, 2014 6:24AM

Hi Nancy,

not sure whether anyone has answered this question yet.

The relevant WCAG success criteria here is "2.1.1 Keyboard" which requires all functionality be operable via the keyboard. WCAG Technique G202 "Ensuring keyboard cntrol for all functionality" may help interpreting the requirement. As I see it, "functionality" is not necessarily tied to particular controls (such as the drop-down menu). If the functionality in question is accessing a subpage and that can be done either by using the drop-down OR by keyboard-activating the main menu item and then keyboard-activating the subpage from a menu that reflects all the options presented in the dropdown, I would consider SC 2.1.1 met.

To be sure, going via the section page and the left hand menu is a slightly more complex task than using the drop-down, but it achieves the same thing (all via the keyboard). To the keyboard user, the chosen implementation at least offers the advantage of not having to go trundle through all the menu items of the drop-down, gaining a better overview of the top-level site structure and reaching page content faster.


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Nancy Johnson schrieb am 11.03.2014 16:30:

> A legacy site has horizontal navigation links which are
> Operable..However there is also a dropdown menu which is not
> Operable.
> Users can click on a link in the horizontal navigate and get to a
> subpage. Each sub page has a left hand menu that has links that match
> that drop down. These are Operable.
> The user can go through the site, however, it is not as clean as the mouse
> user.
> How would this be categorized in WCAG 2.0 AA?
> Thanks,
> Nancy
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