W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-gl@w3.org > April to June 2000

Re: "accesskey" - Techniques open issue

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 23:28:48 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jason White <jasonw@ariel.ucs.unimelb.edu.au>
cc: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.20.0006092327360.10416-100000@tux.w3.org>
The inherent problem is that if the K key is reassigned on me, then I can no
longer find out what the commands available to me are in lynx. The
alternative of specifying the ctrl-w key means that in netscape on linux my
browser quits (or can no longer be quit). And so on.

Charles McCN

On Sat, 10 Jun 2000, Jason White wrote:

  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.

Charles McCathieNevile    mailto:charles@w3.org    phone: +61 (0) 409 134 136
W3C Web Accessibility Initiative                      http://www.w3.org/WAI
Location: I-cubed, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Postal: GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001,  Australia 
Received on Friday, 9 June 2000 23:28:54 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 16 January 2018 15:33:32 UTC