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Re: Accessible Drop Down menus using Form tag


From: Spruill Kevin
Date: Nov 29, 2006 2:00PM


The Demo explanations, unfortunately are not very clear - however at the
bottom of this page http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/2005/Demo/features
They discuss the problems with the page template. The essential reason
for the drop down being inaccessible is it's use of the onchange
event... Their specific citation is:

5.11.2. Keyboard Shortcuts
The following WCAG 1.0 checkpoint relates to keyboard shortcuts:

Checkpoint 9.5 Provide keyboard shortcuts to important links (including
those in client-side image maps), form controls, and groups of form
controls. [Priority 3]

A clearer explanation (in my opinion, and one I've used in the past) is
related to some of the comments you've received re: keyboard control and
access, specifically lack thereof

Kevin Spruill
IT Specialist
Information Resources Accessibility Program
Phone: (202) 283-7059
IRAP Web site: http://irap.web.irs.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: Gary Williamson [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 5:32 AM
Subject: [WebAIM] Accessible Drop Down menus using Form tag

I'm looking for clarification about making drop down menus accessible.
W3C recently produced an exemplar accessibility site at

Which uses a drop-down menu, created with a Form tag with a Go button
but I can't find any reference to why this is considered 'good practice'
in their evaluation. Does anyone know why this method is considered the
best, apart from that it doesn't use JavaScript?