Keyboard control of drop down list

I need to control my option lists via the keyboard (for accessibility). Since I need the key navigation sequences to be the same on FF, IE, and Safari, I cannot rely on the 'accessibility' attribute.

How can I make a HTML option list 'drop down' to show its items when I tab to the option list? And then, how can I make each option list element appear as if the mouse has moved to it when I hit the tab key successively to move through the list items?

I am using JavaScript and not using any js framework like JSQuery.

Thanks in advance.

Joe
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Michel PlungjanConnect With a Mentor IT ExpertCommented:
Not simple to do with a standard <select>
All browsers handle focus differently. If you will change the size of the dropdown to the number of entries, it will look like it dropped down, but it will push anything after it down.
Tabbing around will not natively want to stay in the dropdown

It was decided on our site to style the dropdown - making it a widget.
It makes it behave in any way we want, but I am worried about browsers that does not see it as a select.

Accordions are also good alternatives
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Michel PlungjanIT ExpertCommented:
For example

DEMO

<form>
    <input type="text" />
    <select id="sel1">
        <option>One</option>
        <option>Two</option>
        <option>Three</option>
        <option>Four</option>
    </select>
    <input type="text" />
</form>    

$('#sel1').bind('keydown', function(e) {
  var keyCode = e.keyCode || e.which;
  if (keyCode == 9) {
    e.preventDefault();
    if (e.shiftKey) {
      if (this.selectedIndex>0) {
      this.selectedIndex--;
      }
    }    
    else if (this.selectedIndex<this.options.length-1) {
      this.selectedIndex++;
    }
  }
})
$('#sel1').focus(function(){$(this).trigger("click")}); // does not work in Fx

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