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RE: drop down menus


From: Jon Gunderson
Date: Jul 31, 2003 11:56AM

The referenced tutorial says that pull down menus are a "relatively minor
convenience for sighted (mouse) users". If I have a visual impairment and
have user styling enabled on the web browser these pull down menus are a
major problem. If I change font size these menus fall apart in terms of
reflow and obscure content. If I change colors the menu text becomes
transparent to the background text and this results in a spaghetti of over
lapping text, which is totally unreadable.

I characterize these problems as major accessibility problems. Just try
some of these websites yourself with user styling of text enabled on the


At 08:44 AM 7/31/2003 -0500, Jim Thatcher wrote:
>There's a discussion of drop down menus in the "Web Course",
>http://jimthatcher.com/webcoursea.htm/#webcourse10.d with the NSF.gov site
>as an example.
>508 Web Accessibility Tutorial http://jimthatcher.com/webcourse1.htm.
>"Constructing Accessible Web Sites:" http://jimthatcher.com/news.htm
>-----Original Message-----
>From: NutHouse Studios [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
>Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2003 9:23 PM
>Subject: drop down menus
>I was wondering if it's possible to make drop down menus for navigation that
>are accessible? For an example of what I'd like to do, see:
>http://www.wcc.cc.il.us/ and view the top menu that includes Prospective
>Students, Current Students, etc. I know that they're not using ALT tags,
>but I was just wondering if the use of drop down menus is possible.
>Thanks for your time - max c.
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Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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