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RE: Part 2 - Access Keys - your collective help is urgently reque sted!

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 11:01:41 -0400 (EDT)
To: Jukka Korpela <jukka.korpela@tieke.fi>
cc: WebAIM forum <webaim@mailservice.cpd.usu.edu>, W3c-Wai-Ig <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0210031058140.28641-100000@smarty.smart.net>

On Thu, 3 Oct 2002, Jukka Korpela wrote:

> John Foliot wrote:
> > My research shows that currently about the only safe 
> > combinations still
> > "un-reserved" by an adaptive technology or other software are:
> > 	"Alt+/" (accesskey="/"),
> > 	"Alt+\" (accesskey="\"),
> > 	and "Alt+]" (accesskey="]")
> 
> I have some bad news.
> 
> No, I don't know any Web browsing related software that has those accesskeys
> assigned in its own interface. Though I wouldn't be surprised if someone
> found one.
> 
> But in any case, two of those accesskeys don't work for me at all, and I'm
> pretty sure many people share this problem. On my (standard Finnish)
> keyboard, and probably on _most_ keyboard layouts in the world except some
> English layouts, the characters "/", "\", and "]" do not appear as primary
> keys but require extra operations to get produced. For me, "/" is Shift 7,
> and Alt Shift 7 actually works (on browsers supporting accesskeys). But "\"
> and "]" are Alt Gr + and Alt Gr 9 respectively, and I can't make them to
> work together with Alt. If I try Alt Alt Gr +, I get just the \ character
> inserted if I'm in a text input field, otherwise nothing happens.
> 
> There are lots of different keyboards, and with different settings of

even in the same country there are different keyboards, for example I use
the Dvorak keyboard in US English.  however the "/" "\" "]" keys are in
different places compared to the QWERTY keyboard that is more common, then
there are the one handed keyboards etc. 

trying to find an unused key stroke set is a good idea but being the cynic
I suspect it may be a futile effort

Bob


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