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RE: About accesskey

From: Ricardo Sanchez <rsv@retemail.es>
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 00 15:24:00 -0500
Message-Id: <200002201420.PAA22930@m1smtpsp01.wanadoo.es>
To: "Neff, Robert" <Robert.Neff@usmint.treas.gov>, "WAI" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Robert,

Then I think about how implement ACCESSKEYs:

I avoid the ACCESSKEYs that can create problems in English and 
the language of the pages -a lot of people use the last version
of the browsers (in english) before it has been translated
to another languages-.

For example:

I avoid the ACCESSKEYs: 
F:file, H:help, E:edit
A:archivo, V:ayuda E:edicion 
for Spanish version of a site.

ACCESSKEYs don´t work with very much browsers and
operating systems but I think that these are very
useful for very much people.


Ricardo Sánchez

Neff, Robert Robert.Neff@usmint.treas.gov 19/2/2000 13:51

>Are there standards for Access Key. By that I mean are there universally
>accepted letters for actions...
>		-----Original Message-----
>		From:	Ricardo Sanchez [mailto:rsv@retemail.es]
>		Sent:	Wednesday, December 15, 1999 12:31 AM
>		To:	Alan Cantor; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
>		Subject:	RE: About accesskey
>		Thank you for your response. I am waiting for other readers 
>		on this list tell us about complications with assistive
>		technologies.
>		Regards
>		Ricardo
>		>| I would like what criterion you use for the choice the
>		>|
>		>| Is it important to avoid the accesskey coincide with the
>		>accesskeys?
>		>
>		>Yes, it is important to avoid conflicts with the browser's
>		>keys. If there are conflicts, anybody who uses keyboard
>		>techniques to access menus -- including people who are
>blind, have low
>		>vision, or certain mobility impairments -- will get very
>		>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
>		>accesskeys. However, this is pure speculation; I don't know
>		>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
>		>
>		>Alan Cantor
>		>Cantor + Associates
>		>Workplace Accommodation Consultants
>		>acantor@interlog.com
>		>www.interlog.com/~acantor
>		>
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