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Re: Accessible popup menus


From: Terrence Wood
Date: Jul 28, 2005 9:15PM

Hi Al, do you have the link for the other test case?

1. using the keyboard tabs through the entire menu, which kind of
defeats the purpose of a dropdown menu, especially if used in the real
world where the entire site map is included in the main navigation
device. Perhaps hitting the spacebar to activate a submenu would help
(despite increasing the learning curve?).

2. mouse users with poor mobility (eg parkinsons) find javascript
dropdowns incredibly difficult to use.

3. some screen readers do not announce the end of a list, so the
hierarchy of nested lists is lost. This recently came to my attention
and I can't locate the source just now (anyone else like to shed some

4. conform the menu does not work when tabbing through it backwards.

kind regards
Terrence Wood.

On 29 Jul 2005, at 1:13 PM, Al Sparber wrote:

> It's come to my attention that a Mr. Thatcher or some sort claims that
> our menu system is not accessible. I would like to engage this person
> in this forum to get to the truth, as it were. I've prepared two test
> cases and would like this gentleman to explain why the menus are not
> accessible.
> http://www.projectseven.com/products/menusystems/pmm/webaim/
> vertical.htm
> Al Sparber
> http://www.projectseven.com
> "Designing with CSS is sometimes like barreling down a crumbling
> mountain road at 90 miles per hour secure in the knowledge that
> repairs are scheduled for next Tuesday".