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Re: Inaccessible mega menu and WCAG2


From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Jan 25, 2015 8:59AM

Jaws is expected to go directly into application mode when focus is
inside a container ith role="menu".
role="application" on the menu container should not be necessary.
That being said, Jaws does only go automatically into forms mode in IE
(tested with Jaws 16 and IE10), not in Firefox (tested with FF34).
So role="application" on the menu container element may be a necessary
screen reader experience enhancement extra.

Screen readers (and other a.t. apps) are still learning to expose ARIA
most effectively to end users; it is a process.
We often take it for granted that end users (whether it be users of
screen readers, keyboard or other assistive technology) know how to
interact with complex widgets.
Of course these are assumptions we have to make, or we have to leave
the specifics of teaching the end user how to use his assistive
technology with accessibly coded widgets, to others.
The excellent megamenu example from Adobe (Thanks Anderew and your
team for putting it together) has a few screen reader discovery
problems, at least I only started fully understanding the
functionality after reading the blog and Andrew's comments.
But at the same time I see no obvious way to use simple attributes to
make such functionality obvious to users ofvarious screen readers.
It again comes down to us having to assume that end users understand
the widget, how it works in their native OS, and start trying to
interact with it in a way that is consistent with their expectations.


On 1/24/15, Jennifer Sutton < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Greetings:
> I don't think I've seen a link to this WAI tutorial on menus posted
> to this list, so I thought I'd share it. Perhaps concepts will apply
> and/or folks would like to follow up and provide their feedback on
> the tutorial. It starts here:
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/tutorials/menus/
> And in case you've not been monitoring the preparation and
> presentation of these tutorials, overall, you might want to start here:
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/tutorials/
> I especially like the one on carousels. Notice that I didn't say I
> like carousels . . .
> I'm definitely not meaning to start up that "fun" topic.
> Best,
> Jennifer
> > > >

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