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RE: Accesskey consensus

From: Jesper Tverskov <jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2003 08:56:31 +0200
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <PMEDKJMNFKKCPMNLCCFIAEKKCEAA.jesper.tverskov@mail.tele.dk>

The notion that we only have one set of access keys for the user agents and
web page authors to share is false.

If HTML ACCESSKEY is ever going to be useful web page authors need to be
able to use any letter or digit they like. It is up to user agents to come
up with features that can distinguish between the two sets of access keys.

Opera 7.0 uses SHIFT+ESC for the HTML access keys and ALT for the access
keys in the browser. In Internet Explorer and Mozilla we can use
ALT+Accesskey to get to the access keys in the web page and ALT (and slip it
again) + Accesskey to get to the access keys in the browser.

If the method to choose between the two sets of access keys in Internet
Explorer an Mozilla is not good enough for some users they most complain to
the people making the browsers.

In order to advance the course for a more accessible internet web page
author should already today use all the letters and digits for access keys
they like. This will put pressure on the browsers and get them moving.

See my article:
"Use first letter as ACCESSKEY",
http://www.klapmusen.dk/artikel.aspx?xml=20021031e for other details. The
article is a little dated, a new edition is in the making.

Best regards,
Jesper Tverskov

-----Oprindelig meddelelse-----
Fra: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]På
vegne af John Foliot - bytown internet
Sendt: 27. maj 2003 17:40
Til: Tomas Caspers; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Emne: RE: Accesskey consensus

After conducting an unofficial survey/research project in the summer of
2002, I concluded that there really were no useful access keys not already
reserved by some application or other.  When you take internationalisation
issues into account, it becomes a hopeless cause.

See: http://www.wats.ca/resources/accesskeys/19 for an opinion piece I wrote
regarding the subject.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Tomas Caspers
> Sent: Saturday, May 24, 2003 5:57 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Accesskey consensus
> Hoffman, Geoffrey wrote:
> > I added some of my own research to the above blog...
> > couldn't find a list of 'reserved access keys' so I created one.
> German accessibility evangelist Jan Hellbusch has a short list of
> accesskeys used by various browsers at:
> http://www.barrierefreies-webdesign.de/knowhow/tastatur/empfehlung.htm
> His findings were that the only characters which weren't used in the
> most common browsers  were c, j and t. Note that he only covers Win98,
> so the list of "free" keys might even get shorter when you start looking
> at other OS's and UA's.
> /Tomas Caspers
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