Opened 16 years ago

Closed 15 years ago

#2224 closed defect (invalid)

tab key should move from menu item to menu item in dropdown and combo buttons

Reported by: Becky Gibson Owned by: Becky Gibson
Priority: high Milestone: 0.9
Component: Accessibility Version: 0.4.1
Keywords: a11y Cc:
Blocked By: Blocking:


When a dropdown button menu or combobutton menu is displayed, pressing the tab key should move focus from menu item to menu item (like the down arrow key does). This will force the user to either make a menu selection or use the escape key to close the menu.

This solves the problem of where to set focus when the user has focus on a dropdown or combo button menu item and presses the tab key. The popup menu items are usually not presented in source code order so, pressing tab with focus on one of them has unpredictable results as to where the next focus item will be on the page. By forcing tab to cycle through the menu items, the user must select an item or press escape to close the menu. Pressing escape will set focus back to the button. Selecting an item may or may not set focus back to the button depending upon the item action.

Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 16 years ago by Becky Gibson

Status: newassigned

comment:2 Changed 15 years ago by Becky Gibson

Resolution: invalid
Status: assignedclosed

The desired behhavior has changed. When the user tabs and the menu is visible, the menu will close and focus will move back to the button. This new behavior has been implemented so am closing this as "invalid".

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