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Re: need implementor feedback on allowing keyboard activation of drag-and-drop events

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 18:39:57 -0700
Cc: public-html-a11y@w3.org, Bruce Lawson <brucel@opera.com>, Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, Philip Jägenstedt <philipj@opera.com>, Cynthia Shelly <cyns@microsoft.com>, Paul Cotton <Paul.Cotton@microsoft.com>, Eric Carlson <eric.carlson@apple.com>, David Bolter <david.bolter@gmail.com>, Gez Lemon <g.lemon@webprofession.com>
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To: "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>

On Jun 29, 2010, at 6:33 PM, Michael(tm) Smith wrote:

> "Michael(tm) Smith" <mike@w3.org>, 2010-06-30 10:20 +0900:
> 
>> I need representatives from browser implementors in the group to
>> provide info about whether their browsers can make it possible for
>> drag-and-drop events to fired using a keyboard alone.
> 
> We did get one response so far, from Eric back on June 10 -
> 
>  http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-a11y/2010Jun/0137.html
>  You can't do this in WebKit today, but I can't think of any
>  reason it  couldn't be made to work.

I will add that there is no system-wide convention for this on Mac OS X, as far as I know. It's something we'd want to discuss with Apple's accessibility people.

Another issue to consider is multitouch mobile devices, such as iOS devices. In that case, I don't think emulating drag-and-drop with a soft keyboard is likely to be a reasonable solution, because these devices tend to lack the inputs and UI paradigms for indirect manipulation, and because the keyboard covering half your content is likely to be quite disruptive when trying to drag.

But perhaps drag via multitouch is considered less problematic than with a mouse.

Regards,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 30 June 2010 01:40:30 GMT

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