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[Bug 10252] HTML5 hard-binds "Action" to accesskey key-press

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Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 23:45:56 +0000
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Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru> changed:

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--- Comment #4 from Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@yandex-team.ru> ---
I think the bug here is that the spec is very prescriptive about how user
interaction should be handled. When a user triggers an accesskey, it makes
perfect sense for the author to suggest whether it is more logical to focus
some control, or actually activate it.

But the spec is IMHO, too prescriptive. It takes what should be a hint - what
the author thinks is going to happen - and requires that this is exactly what

User agents should enable users to do things like focus on the thing the
accesskey applies to, and then try to inspect it, or conversely to directly
activate it. Default behaviour is likely to be what the author expected, and in
"normal" circumstances probably should. But there are circumstances where this
is insufficient.

(Beyond this, the idea that there is a key combination to trigger an accesskey
is far too narrow an understanding of how actual user agents work...)

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