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RE: ACCESSKEY attribute

From: David Bolnick <davebo@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 11:43:26 -0800
Message-ID: <61AC5C9A4B9CD11181A200805F57CD541D3055@red-msg-44.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'Jon Gunderson'" <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Cc: rjsteffe@ux5.cso.uiuc.edu
In IE the ACCESSKEY is assigned to the Alt so that is follows the
Alt+menu-mnemonic convension (as in selecting a menu from the menu bar).
Given that: If, for example, a 'Save' Button uses ACCESSKEY="s", then the
button text should be _S_ave (i.e., Save with the initial S underlined:
<u>S</u>ave). One caveat for all browsers. Unless it is clear to the user
where the focus is, the user may attempt this key-combination with
unpredictable results. That is, if the focus is on a browser object, the
Alt-combo my activate a menu item for the browser, if one matches, and not
the component within the HTML page.

David A. Bolnick
Accessibility Program Manager: Multimedia, Telecommunications
Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA  98052
Web: http://microsoft.com/enable

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Jon Gunderson [SMTP:jongund@staff.uiuc.edu]
> Sent:	Monday, February 16, 1998 9:45 AM
> To:	w3c-wai-gl@w3.org; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Cc:	rjsteffe@ux5.cso.uiuc.edu
> Subject:	ACCESSKEY attribute
> Does anyone have a good design example of how to use the ACCESSKEY to
> increase the accessibility of a page.  I am working on a project to create
> some accessible WWW based educational technology and our group has been
> trying to figure out how to use the accesskey feature to enhance
> accessibility.  Some of the problems we are facing with the access key is
> the need to explicitly state the presence of the access key in the
> document, but different Browsers may require different modifier keys to
> use
> the access key.  For eample in MS-Explorer your need to type ALT-S for
> ACCESSKEY="S", and on some other browser it may be something else like
> Ctril-S or just S by itself.  So you just can't tell people to type S or
> ALT-S?  
> Another issue is consistancy, does anybody have any ideas on how to assign
> keys so people can learn when to expect an access key?
> Thanks,
> Jon
> Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
> Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
> Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
> University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
> 1207 S. Oak Street
> Champaign, IL 61820
> Voice: 217-244-5870
> Fax: 217-333-0248
> E-mail: jongund@uiuc.edu
> WWW:	http://www.staff.uiuc.edu/~jongund
> 	http://www.als.uiuc.edu/InfoTechAccess
Received on Monday, 16 February 1998 15:03:17 UTC

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