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accesskey shortcuts.

From: <gian@stanleymilford.com.au>
Date: Fri, 7 Dec 2001 15:45:40 +1100
Message-Id: <H00000e000281293.1007700340.tux.sofcom.com.au@MHS>
TO: w3c-wai-gl@w3.org
When using accesskeys I have always stuck to the numbers zero through to
nine - the reason being that the other ascii keys are used with the Alt
key (or Apple key on Macs) in various instances.  Perhaps we should
include this in the guidelines?


-----Original Message-----
From: Mathew.Mirabella [mailto:Mathew.Mirabella@team.telstra.com]
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2001 3:43 PM
To: w3c-wai-gl
Subject: form controls: acesskey shortcuts.


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
combination.  Place some text on the page explaining the alt-combination
shortcuts, and also underline the respective character in the text of
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.
there are problems with doing this without non-visual equivalents.  It
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

What do you all think?



Mat Mirabella
Telstra Research
03 9253 6712
Received on Thursday, 6 December 2001 23:46:28 UTC

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