Victor Tsaran, accessibility guru at Yahoo!, just posted to the mozilla.dev.accessibility newsgroup that they implemented wai-aria roles and states into the Yahoo! UI’s menu control. You can find the blog post here. To try it out:
- From within the blog post, open the link “new YUI example”.
- From the article that opens, open the “View Example in new window” link.
- On the page that appears, arrow to the first item that starts with “text/html”, and press ENTER on it. This will turn on Forms Mode (in JAWS) or your relevant navigation mode.
- Use Left and Right Arrows to navigate the menu bar, use DownArrow to open the menu, just like you would use any ordinary menu.
I tested it, and it works great! Good work, guys!
Note that you need Firefox 3 beta 2 and JAWS 8 or later, or Window-Eyes 6 to take full advantage of this.