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RE: Select lists and automatically forwarding onchange


From: Andrew Kirkpatrick
Date: Nov 29, 2005 2:20PM

> I find it annoying. Sometimes I'm looking to see what's under
> the menu and don't necessarily want to use it. Just
> 'snooping' around to get my bearings.

You can snoop anyway - use ctrl+down arrow to open the select, then
arrow to your satisfaction. Escape will close the list, enter will
select a focused item.

Drop down lists like this are perfectly accessible to keyboard and
screen reader users. The problem is that few users know how to use
them, making the use of onchange events within select controls a
usability problem, and an easily avoided problem at that.