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

From: Trisha M. <trisha@fronterix.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2002 19:40:17 -0500
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBJOLMGMNHHNHAOEJJOEKPCLAA.trisha@fronterix.com>

I've been following this discussion, but it's still not quite clear to me
what the consensus is - should we or shouldn't we use access keys?

If IBM HPR is the only major AT browser that uses alt + 1 or 2 and it
overrides the accesskey attribute rather than the access key overriding the
built in HPR functionality, then how big of a problem is this really?  My
plan is to have an accessibility statement page that explains what access
keys are and the key assignments, I could include the information that they
won't work in HPR.

For one site in particular I have a title attribute for <map> which says:
"Logo and site navigation; access key assignments can be found on
accessibility statement page - access key = alt+0".  This is the first thing
that is on every page on the site. And then the accessibility statement page
would have the assignments listed as:

0 = Accessibility Statement and other Technical Information
1 = Home or Main page of site
2 = Main content section of page
9 = Contact page

Do you think this would be ok, or would it do more harm than good?  Would it
be better to leave out the access keys completely?  I'm going to be working
with a few organizations in the city I live in to help them make their sites
more accessible, and I would like to do it as best as possible, so I
appreciate any advice you have.

Received on Thursday, 3 October 2002 20:36:00 UTC

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