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form controls: acesskey shortcuts.

From: Mirabella, Mathew J <Mathew.Mirabella@team.telstra.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 15:42:36 +1100
Message-ID: <73388857A695D31197EF00508B08F298061E2F7D@ntmsg0131.corpmail.telstra.com.au>
To: "'W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines list'" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

A further query and item for discussion.

Excluding the provision of a separate page with a list of accesskeys, how do
you highlight the fact that keyboard accesskey shortcuts are available
without making dramatic changes to a page.

An example:

	<label for="username">Username:</label> <input name="username"
id="username" type="text" value="" size="30" tabindex="1" accesskey="u">

I have seen one way to indicate to users that there is a keyboard shortcut
combination.  Place some text on the page explaining the alt-combination
shortcuts, and also underline the respective character in the text of the
label.  What are your thoughts on the following example of underlining

	...<span style="text-decoration: underline;>U</span>sername...

This is, of course, visual, and not descriptive to a screen reader user.  So
there are problems with doing this without non-visual equivalents.  It would
also be a problem with links, as link text is supposed to be underlined.
Maybe you could use a bolded character instead of an underlined character?

What do you all think?



Mat Mirabella
Telstra Research
03 9253 6712
Received on Thursday, 6 December 2001 23:44:05 UTC

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