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RE: drop down menus


From: Jukka K. Korpela
Date: Jul 31, 2003 8:19AM

On Thu, 31 Jul 2003, Birdsell, John wrote:

> What about using style sheets to change the color of the background and text
> of a text link on when the mouse hovers over it?
> The client gets their rollover effect and its accessible.

It's surely an option to be suggested for the purpose of making links
change appearance. In fact, it's recommendable even to authors who are now
using just simple links, since it improves usability and especially helps
people who use a mouse but have difficulties in fine motorics, so that
:hover effects help them to see when they have successfully moved the
cursor over a link.

(Using CSS for the purpose is better than using JavaScript and images,
e.g. because text in images is not affected by the user's font size and
face settings.)

But in this case, I think the question was about different rollovers:
features that make a lower-level menu pop up (somehow) when the cursor is
moved over a link, or an element that simulates a link.

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/

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