SitePoint Sponsor

User Tag List

Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    SitePoint Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Nov 2000
    Posts
    60
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Drop Down Menus and the Visually Impaired

    My client asked me yesterday whether people who are blind and using screen readers can “see” drop down menus. Does anyone know?
    Joanne Glasspoole
    www.glasspoole.com

  2. #2
    SitePoint Wizard bronze trophy C. Ankerstjerne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    The Kingdom of Denmark
    Posts
    2,702
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If the dropdown menu contains text in the markup, then generally yes, however it depends on the type of dropdown menu and screen reader.
    Christian Ankerstjerne
    <p<strong<abbr/HTML/ 4 teh win</>
    <>In Soviet Russia, website codes you!

  3. #3
    Follow: @AlexDawsonUK silver trophybronze trophy AlexDawson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    England, UK
    Posts
    8,111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    As long as the list has been properly marked up there will be no issue... text is great but images will work too for links as long as correct use of the alt attribute is put into action. Remember that screen readers do not care about CSS as the visual appeal of the site really has no importance to the screen reader user (generally). Simply put, if your html is solid, no matter what you want to put on there, it should work fine.

  4. #4
    In memoriam gold trophysilver trophybronze trophy Dan Schulz's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Aurora, Illinois
    Posts
    15,478
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    And yet the screen readers do have issues with some CSS. For example, if you're using the display state to show/hide your dropdown links, many screen readers will actually honor the display: none; state and fail to read those links.

    (This is why position: absolute gets used instead.)

  5. #5
    SitePoint Wizard bronze trophy C. Ankerstjerne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    The Kingdom of Denmark
    Posts
    2,702
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    That is easily fixed by using the proper media type for the style sheet, though.
    Christian Ankerstjerne
    <p<strong<abbr/HTML/ 4 teh win</>
    <>In Soviet Russia, website codes you!

  6. #6
    SitePoint Enthusiast
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    37
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Very hard to get drop down menus perfectly accessible. Doing a search on Google shows exactly what I mean.


Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •