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Re: Should accesskey focus or activate?

From: Kelly Ford <kelly@kellford.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2001 21:58:14 -0400 (EDT)
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.33.0104242153240.5213-100000@ns.shellworld.net>
I don't knowe that there's one right answer for something like this.  It
is quite common in application software for a shortcut key to not only
focus but also activate an item.  In an e-mail program for example I can
press alt-s and have my message sent, as opposed to just placing focus on
some send button.  So if I'm using a web-based e-mail program I'd likely
want the same functionality.

On a link there are many options I can take.  Activating the link is just
one of them.  So focus moving but not activating doesn't seem like a bad
idea to me.

On Tue, 24 Apr 2001, Aaron Leventhal wrote:

> Hello all, a Netscape developer wanted to know whether accesskey should
> focus or activate controls, or whether it depends on the type of control.
> Here's his question in detail:
> > Hey Aaron,
> >
> > I wanted to get your opinion as accessibility guy on bug 55020, it's a
> > question of whether or not access keys should just focus the element in
> > question or focus and activate it.  You're cc'd on the bug, I'm not sure
> > if you've read it.  The bug has some valid points about accidental
> > activation of access key based items, especially since we allow the
> > accesskeys to beat out things like alt-F for menu opening.
> >
> > So currently we focus and activate everything.  I tend to agree with the
> > bug writer that we should move to only focusing things.  All of the
> > items can be keyboard triggered from there so a full keyboard solution
> > still works.
> >
> > And just for extra info's sake, IE's solution is, I think, a bit unusual.
> > They use a mix of focus and activation.  Buttons, for example, are
> > activated.  Links, however, are not.  Text fields just get focus but
> > what does activation of a text field mean anyway.  IE also overrides
> > stuff like alt-F when an accesskey of that letter is in use.
> >
> > So anyway, I'm just curious if you have an opinion from an accessibility
> > point of view.  My current stance is to go with the bug's solution and
> > start doing focus only unless more arguments arise in favor of
> > activation.
> >
> > 	-tom
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