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Accessibility workgroup 07 Jan 2020 07:36 #54795

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Hi
this is an opened discussion about accessibility and what can be done to make Maximenu CK fully compatible
Every people that are interested can contribute here, testers are welcome

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Accessibility workgroup 07 Jan 2020 14:04 #54799

Greetings to the community. I appreciate the opportunity to ask for suggestions about website accessibility for sight-impaired and blind users.

My oldest and largest website is www.fearringtonfha.org . This site is for the exclusive use of my community's residents and former residents, who number upwards of 2,000.people. Last year, as a volunteer driver helping non-driving people to medical and other appointments, I met a resident who, like his wife, has been blind since birth. His statement was that our website is "useless" because his screen readers can not "see" menus and other on-screen elements.

Recently this person suggested installing software from UserWay.org . This software has been installed on www.fearrington.com , the website for the builder of our community. If you open this site and type Ctrl-U (or click a small icon in the lower-right corner) you will see an accessibility menu. If you play around, you can get it to read the screen and hear what a blind person hears - quite usable for him, he says.

I did install this on my development site dev.fearringtonfha.org and Ctrl-U opens the accessibility menu. Again, you can make it vocalize (say) what it "sees" on the top menu. You can also select "Highlight Links" and see the problem - in MaximenuCK "separator" menu items are not recognized as menu items, and drop-down and fly-out menus that aren't visible unless clicked (or hovered) are not read at all.

I have learned of two other blind people in the community and I wold like very much to provide them access to the content of my website through the UserWay screen reader.

My suggestion, then, is to provide a way to code the very beautiful and rich MaximenuCK is such a way as to make its functionality "visible" to the blind. How might this be done? I did try (using Chrome's debugger) enclosing a MaxiMenuCK separator's text in a do-nothing anchor link:
<a href="javascript:void(0)">Separator Name</a>
This causes the UserWay software to recognize the separator as a link - but I don't know how to get it to show the drop-down, set to appear on hover.

Anyone have thoughts about this?

Thanks!

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