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Re: Multiple selections in <select> using keyboard

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From: Joshue O Connor
Date: Jan 31, 2006 7:45AM


> Just discovered the other day that Firefox handles this second case nicely: keeping CTRL pressed, you can use cursor up/down and toggle via the spacebar.

Cheers for the tip, thats one for IE 7 ;)

Josh

Joshue O Connor

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Patrick Lauke wrote:
>>Jukka K. Korpela
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>>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?
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> There's *no way* to select multiple, non-adjacent options via the keyboard in IE.
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> Just discovered the other day that Firefox handles this second case nicely: keeping CTRL pressed, you can use cursor up/down and toggle via the spacebar.
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> Coupled with the fact that a multiple select list is a slightly unfamiliar type of control on the web and therefore usually requires clear explanation even for users with a pointing device ("keep CTRL pressed and click" ... a two-hand operation that feels most unnatural compared to other form elements), I'd always shy away from using it.
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