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Re: Accessible Mega Menu and Safari


From: Paul J. Adam
Date: Mar 30, 2016 9:47AM

Looks like it only works if you press the down arrow key with VoiceOver quick navigation turned off. Or Tab into the menu.

It would be smart for JavaScript widgets that have various keyboard navigation methods to display a visible tooltip or show some instructions on how to actually operate the menu. Those instructions being accessible to screen reader users also.

This menu works as you're expecting with VO+Right Arrow key. http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/AU/after.html <http://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/AU/after.html>;

Here's the ARIA Authoring Practices with keyboard interaction instructions, https://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-practices/#menu <https://www.w3.org/TR/wai-aria-practices/#menu>

Paul J. Adam
Accessibility Evangelist

> On Mar 30, 2016, at 10:18 AM, Robert Fentress < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi, all.
> I've just noticed a problem with the way Adobe's Accessible Mega Menu (
> https://adobe-accessibility.github.io/Accessible-Mega-Menu/) works with
> Safari and VoiceOver. Basically, when you activate a menu with
> Control+Option+Space the menu appears, but when you then press
> Control+Option+Right Arrow to have VO voice the text in the menu, the menu
> collapses. It only stays open if you tab into the revealed contents.
> This, of course, kinda defeats one of the points of this pattern, in that
> it means that you really only have access to the menu options, not the
> other structured content. In that case, you might as well just make it a
> more standard menu.
> I could have sworn I'd tested this before and it had worked. Do you know
> if anything has changed in recent updates to Safari or VoiceOver that would
> have affected this, or did I just miss it previously?
> On a related note, if you are stuck with this basic turducken mega menu
> pattern, is there an implementation that works better than Adobe's? If I
> could convince the people I'm making recommendations to to deviate slightly
> from the strict mega menu pattern, would a mega modal be better and, if so,
> do you know of some particularly good implementations?
> Best,
> Rob
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