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Re: "accesskey" - Techniques open issue

From: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 10 Jun 2000 13:19:00 +1000 (EST)
To: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.4.10.10006101307500.11574-100000@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
My understanding from the previous discussion of this point is that
ACCESSKEY specifies a Unicode character, which the author should choose as
a mnemonic (as in a good menu system).

The key or key sequence to be used in entering the access character is (or
should be) implementation-dependent, as should the highlighting, voice
quality or other style property which serves to identify it in the user

I agree with Charles that there are dependencies here involving thg UA and
PF, but that the relevant authoring technique is to choose a mnemonic
character with which to identify the form control, link, etc., which
should then be provided as the value of ACCESSKEY. Do not use the same
value twice in a single document.

I don't think ACCESSKEY is inherently problematic. It might better be
called MNEMONICCHARACTER, a name which would undercut the implication that
there exists (or should exist) a direct correspondence between the
character and a keyboard.
Received on Friday, 9 June 2000 23:20:05 UTC

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