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Multiple selections in <select> using keyboard


From: Jukka K. Korpela
Date: Jan 31, 2006 6:45AM

Given a <select> element with the multiple attribute set,
is there any way to select more than one item using the keyboard only, on
Internet Explorer? The IE Help system does not seem to say anything about
this, but I figured out in my tests that keeping the Shift key down while
using the downwards or upwards arrow key causes a multiple selection, but
only for a _range_ of options, from the previous choice up to (or down to)
the option to which you move. But is there any way to select more than one
option otherwise?

(I know that <select ... multiple> is a bad way of setting up a
choice, since a set of checkboxes is much more accessible and useable,
but I'm now interested in knowing _how_ inaccessible <select ... multiple> is.
I suspect there is a secret key sequence for multiple choices.)

Jukka "Yucca" Korpela, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/