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Re: Temporary semi-solution to access key debate: support them but disable them by default

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 14:39:00 +1000
To: "L. David Baron" <dbaron@dbaron.org>, public-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.tzee7awnwxe0ny@widsith.local>

On Sat, 29 Sep 2007 06:58:50 +1000, L. David Baron <dbaron@dbaron.org>  
wrote:

> On Friday 2007-09-28 11:57 +0100, Daniel Land wrote:
>> however, access
>> keys interfere with some assistive technology devices by overriding
>> the built-in/preset shortcut keys of such devices (which are probably
>> what the assistive device users would prefer to use if given the
>> choice).
>
> We shouldn't assume that this will always be the case; in fact, we
> should try to fix it.

Indeed.

> Maybe the spec should state that user agents SHOULD NOT (or MUST
> NOT) assign author-specified access keys to sequences that overlap
> with existing functionality?  (In other words, that they SHOULD/MUST
> use a key space that doesn't have anything in it already.)

Doing so is impossible. You don't even know what keys the device reading  
your page actually *has*, let alone what applications might be collecting  
them on the device already.

A user agent needs to handle this itself.

cheers

Chaals

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