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[Bug 7721] Drag and Drop is not keyboard accessible

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--- Comment #7 from Rich Schwerdtfeger <schwer@us.ibm.com>  2009-10-13 15:01:23 ---
The problem you seem to be missing is that to keyboard enable the functions I
am suggesting the author needs to write their own script methods to reproduce
the functionality. For example, to do a setDragImage I cannot use the standard
function that is provided ONLY in MOUSE events. That means I have to do
additional, non-standard work adding additional cost to developers. If we took
this approach and follow it to its logical conclusion we would not need
drag/drop at all in HTML 5 and everyone could continue to roll their own code. 

What I want to see is for the HTML 5 specification provide equivalent support
to developers who need to support keyboard drag and drop.

There should be a standard handler that gets triggered (without using the
mouse) to notify a developer that the author has selected items for drag (the
user agent can define the key sequence) without the author having to write
extra script. 

If you think these are addressed point to me where and how in the specification
this is possible. Nowhere in the spec does it show how this functionality be
exposed to the keyboard user. 

One of the nice things about HTML 5 spec. is it has been much more prescriptive
as to how the mark up MUST be processed by the user agent. This is not the case

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