Need to pick an accessible drop-down...

Steve Lee steve at
Thu Aug 14 16:43:56 UTC 2014

Did you look at web components? I know Mozilla X-tags includes a drop
down but I've not idea if it is accessible or indeed any good. Brick
and Polymer may also have useful items. I've not played with them but
this is on my short term roadmap for P4A

Of course Web components aren't *there* yet in browsers [1] and
require polyfills. Custom elements are fairly well supported by
browsers with sane polyfills (at least on desktop). The polyfils are
platform.js (polymer and X-tags), and document-register-element.js

Contributing accessibility to as custom element in an existing
collection strikes me as a great use of efforrt.

Here are couple of useful articles on thestate of Web components [2]

Steve Lee

On 14 August 2014 08:59, Tony Atkins <tony at> wrote:
> Hi, All:
> In order to implement the reviewer interface for the Common Terms Registry,
> I need an accessible drop-down menu that I can wire into my data model, for
> example to allow the user to select their language.  This would also be used
> in an alternate form as a simple drop-down menu (logout links in a "user"
> menu).  If you want to see it in situ, here are the mockups.
> My preference is to start with a select box, as it comes with decent
> keyboard arrow support for free.  However, there are serious limitations on
> how well you can style selects, as most browsers strongly impose their
> implicit styling on them. Most sane approaches seem to hide the select
> itself and present an alternate control in its place.
> Last week, Antranig and I did a brief review of libraries that follow this
> approach.  We talked about starting with jquery-selectbox:
> There are some bugs with multi-selects and Firefox (I've filed issues for
> both), but it seems as good a starting point as any.
> I wanted to check in with the group and make sure that:
> No one has already created a fluid component that addresses the general need
> for drop-down menus and upstyled select boxes.  I haven't seen one in our
> demos or code repo.
> There are no other better starting points for this work.
> Please comment.
> Thanks,
> Tony
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