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RE: ACCESSKEY attribute

From: Charles (Chuck) Oppermann <chuckop@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 21:10:45 -0800
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To: "'Jon Gunderson'" <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>, "M. T. Hakkinen" <hakkinen@dev.prodworks.com>, w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
I think of it like a dialog box.  Most dialog boxes don't say "Press ALT+F
to go to the File Type combo box."  Windows user know when they see a
underline (or their screen reader announces the accelerator) that they can
use ALT and that key to keyboard activate it.

Similar, Macintosh users know then they see the little clover character
(whatever it's called) that they can use the CMD key.

The fact that IE and Netscape don't represent the ACCESSKEY is a browser bug
and fails to meet the HTML 4.0 specification.  I'll see what I can do to fix

-----Original Message-----
From: Jon Gunderson [mailto:jongund@staff.uiuc.edu]
Sent: Monday, February 16, 1998 11:47 AM
To: M. T. Hakkinen; w3c-wai-gl@w3.org; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: ACCESSKEY attribute

Thanks for the information on ACCESSKEY.  But isn't the browser
implementation kind of a big deal.  If I put a statement like "Press S to
submit the form", the user has to press more than S in most browsers.  So
many people will think it doesn't work.  But if I put the "Access key for
the submit button is S".  Most people won't know what an access key is.
There must be a better way to use the access key for authors to adopt it's

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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