Listbox vs combo box on the web

  • From: Shane <shane-jfw@xxxxx>
  • To: jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2005 16:44:26 -0800

Hello all,

I am working on a webpage which I am trying to make
accessible with Jaws.  Using 5.1 but not sure the version
is relevant.  The page contains a form with several select
boxes, the contents of the lower boxes change based on
previous selections.  Sort of a drill-down subcategory
selection.  Usually, when I go to a webpage, jaws reads
select boxes as "combo box" and allows opening with
alt-downarrow and scrolling with the arrow keys without
actually changing the value;  however, on my particular
form, it's reading it as "list box" and alt-downarrow
doesn't work.  Therefore, when arrowing through the
selections, the box below is constantly changing and jaws
keeps reading the url for the Ajax call.  The select box
code looks something like this:

<select name="l1"
size="5" style="width: 300px;" />

The selectcat function obtains the subcategories by sending
a query via the xmlhttprequest class and runs through
populating the next box.  Nothing really special.

So if anyone knows why jfw is distinguishing between "list
box" and "combo box" for an html select element, I'd
appreciate hearing from you.

Best regards,
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