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RE: About accesskey

From: Ricardo Sanchez <rsv@retemail.es>
Date: Wed, 15 Dec 99 00:31:16 -0500
To: "Alan Cantor" <acantor@interlog.com>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <19991214233401.YQJC114175.smtp2@[]>
Thank you for your response. I am waiting for other readers 
on this list tell us about complications with assistive


>| I would like what criterion you use for the choice the accesskey.
>| Is it important to avoid the accesskey coincide with the browser's
>Yes, it is important to avoid conflicts with the browser's shortcut
>keys. If there are conflicts, anybody who uses keyboard only
>techniques to access menus -- including people who are blind, have low
>vision, or certain mobility impairments -- will get very frustrated!
>In general, you can choose as accesskeys any letter or number that is
>NOT used by any of the major graphic-based browsers. For example, you
>should avoid Alt +F, E, H because these keystroke combinations are
>almost universally used for File, Edit, and Help respectively. If you
>check all of the recent versions of all of the major browsers, you may
>find that the set of available accesskeys is quite small.
>There may be an additional complication that can arise from using
>accesskeys. However, this is pure speculation; I don't know for
>certain. Certain access applications may use Alt key combinations that
>could conflict with accesskeys. I can't think of any such programs off
>the top of my head, but perhaps other readers on this list may know of
>screen readers or text enhancers or other assistive technologies that
>appropriate unusual Alt key combinations to perform particular tasks.
>(My guess is that a few Windows-based assistive technologies would use
>the Alt key as a modifier.)
>Alan Cantor
>Cantor + Associates
>Workplace Accommodation Consultants
Received on Tuesday, 14 December 1999 18:46:46 UTC

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