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RE: Accessible popup menus


From: Austin, Darrel
Date: Jul 29, 2005 9:28AM

> So what is one to do? If you have a deep site, drop down
> menus can be a huge affordance for non-disabled folks if used
> correctly...they can greatly reduce the number of clicks
> necessary to get from point A to point B.
> How should we use them to not make the site intolerable for
> disabled users?

Consider not making your site so deep? ;0)

But, valid point. In the end, as always, you can't please everyone 100% so
you simply need to weigh the benefits of your implementation vs. the
drawbacks and do what you can.

One idea I've been playing around with in my head is to simply offer this as
a choice for the end user. I'd use standard menus that show a submenu when
you're in that section, and then offer people a choice to also turn on
fly-outs for the same menu. I'd do this server-side so the submenus aren't
loaded unless flyouts are turned on.

It's not a high priority, so I'm not sure if/when I'll get around to playing
with that...just tossing it out as an idea.