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Re: Accesskey - spec proposal

From: Maciej Stachowiak <mjs@apple.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2007 19:29:21 -0700
Cc: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>, HTML WG <public-html@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C4B324D0-7A2C-4E62-9FC4-76E857C3DB6D@apple.com>
To: Karl Dubost <karl@w3.org>


On Jul 3, 2007, at 7:07 PM, Karl Dubost wrote:

>
> Le 4 juil. 2007 à 02:22, Maciej Stachowiak a écrit :
>> 3) How does work on phones that are all touchscreen and don't even  
>> show an onscreen keyboard most of the time?
>
> these devices are not really usable for some categories of  
> accessibility.
> Tactile feedback is for example important for some users.

The use of accesskey cited doesn't appear to be for accessibility  
purposes, just as a handy shortcut on a device with the typical phone  
keypad layout.

I think my main comment on accesskey would be that we should approach  
it like other features under recent discussion - start with the  
problem and requirements, not the solution.

accesskey may currently be workable for device-specific content on a  
single class of devices. But our charter calls for HTML5 to be "a  
platform-neutral and device-independent design". So if keyboard/keypad  
shortcuts are an important use case, let's see if we can come up with  
something more device-independent than the accesskey of today, which  
is pretty much a failure on this front. To do that, we'll need to  
start by understanding the requirements.

Cheers,
Maciej
Received on Wednesday, 4 July 2007 02:30:07 GMT

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