[Athen] Jaws and javascript links- other flyout behaviors

Terry Thompson tft at u.washington.edu
Mon Dec 4 17:03:27 PST 2006

I think the fact that users can not skip submenus is problematic. Users
should be able to navigate either between or within menus. Otherwise they
potentially have to tab many times just to get to a neighboring top-level
menu item. UDM4 is dependent on Javascript, but it comes the closest I've
seen to standards-based web menus behaving like menus in a standard GUI
application, allowing users to navigate in all directions using arrow keys.

TJK Design claims it doesn't require script support, but with scripts
disabled in both IE and Firefox, buttons seem to magically and arbitrarily
appear and disappear. I don't find this to be usable at all. UDM4 gets my


Terry Thompson
Technology Specialist, DO-IT
University of Washington
tft at u.washington.edu

> -----Original Message-----

> From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org

> [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On Behalf Of Kilcommons,Cath

> Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 2:27 PM

> To: skeegan at htctu.net; Access Technologists in Higher

> Education Network

> Subject: Re: [Athen] Jaws and javascript links- other flyout behaviors


> Sean wrote:

> "Ultimate Drop-Down menu (http://www.udm4.com) by

> Brothercake. It provides an accessible drop-down/flyout menu

> structure coded using CSS, javascript, and semantic HTML.

> Another one is YADM (Yet Another Dynamic Menu -

> http://www.onlinetools.org/tools/yadm/ ). Probably the best

> options if you *must* retain the look/presentation model of

> drop-down/flyout menus. "


> What do folks think of

> http://www.tjkdesign.com/articles/keyboard_friendly_dropdown_m

> enu/defaul

> t.asp ?


> Best,

> Cath



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