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Re: Drop-down menus using javaScript to navigate and Accessibility Issues

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From: julian.rickards@ndm.gov.on.ca
Date: May 31, 2004 6:42AM


> -----Original Message-----
> From: mike.brockington [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
>
> While Julian's idea of the 'noscript-only' button is quite
> clever, I think that he may be missing a point. I have often
> seen it said that navigating a select box with the keyboard
> produces an onChange event every time that the user scrolls
> down a line, therefore changing the page location
> unnecessarily.

When I wrote that script, I hadn't realized that keyboard navigation might
trigger the onchange event and I agree that this may be a weakness of my
script. I am interested in hearing alternatives. Maybe onKeypress and
onClick could be used instead of onChange. What about onSelect?

However, I personally don't like the DHTML drop-down menu - there are
questions as to the usability of these types of menus by people who use
screen reader software.

Jules

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Julian Rickards
Digital Publications Distribution Coordinator
Publications Services Section
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines
Phone: (705) 670-5608
Fax: (705) 670-5690


> Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 4:39 AM
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> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Drop-down menus using javaScript to navigate and
> Acc essibility Issues
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>
> Hi,
> My suggestion would be that you set up a DHTML drop down
> menu. With careful styling you should be able to get the
> appearance that the client wants, but since the menu would be
> made up of HREF's you would have less trouble with
> accessibility, and no need for a GO button.
>
> Mike
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