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Re: <select multiple> and WCAG compliance
From: Birkir R. Gunnarsson
Date: Oct 24, 2017 5:15PM
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I think it would be prudent to add a help balloon to the page where
multi-select listboxes are used that explains the keyboard operation,
not only for screen reader users, but for other keyboard only users.
Also be aware that this widget is unlikely to be supported on mobile devices.
Keep in mind that operating these listboxes with the keyboard requires
holding up to 3 keys simultaneously, which can be an insurmountable
challenge for someone with mobility or fine motor control issues.
If the listbox has a manageable amount of options, I'd strongly
recommend implementing it as a group of checkboxes instead.
Of course, if the listbox has tens or even hundreds of options, this
is not a feasible approach.
On 10/24/17, Roel Van Gils < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Thanks so much for testing this, Jonathan!
> I'm not really surprised VoiceOver supports selecting multiple
> non-contiguous selections in a <select>, since this UI pattern exists
> throughout the OS itself (for example: when selecting files in the Finder,
> or in the Spotlight Preference Pane).
> I'd be surprised, though, if this would be possible when VoiceOver is not
> used. I haven't figured it out anyway.
> (Because, of course, full keyboard operability shouldn't be a privilege of
> screenreader users only.)
>> On 24 Oct 2017, at 19:58, Jonathan Cohn < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> In the MacOs running 10.11 - 10.13 when the multi-select key combination
>> mentioned above is activated then selection stops following the voice over
>> cursor allowing multiple selection to work correctly with out first
>> disabling cursor tracking.
> > > > >
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