W3C home > Mailing lists > Public > w3c-wai-ig@w3.org > January to March 2003

RE: Guidance re Accesskeys

From: John Foliot - bytown internet <foliot@bytowninternet.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2003 21:53:27 -0500
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <GKEFJJEKDDIMBHJOGLENGEFFDDAA.foliot@bytowninternet.com>

uhmmm... 'twas me.

Earlier last summer, the Canadian Government was suggesting the use of three
standardised AccessKeys across all Government of Canada web sites.  One key
in particular was conflicting with IBM HPR, but upon further research we
discovered that, especially with the customization of JAWs (including
Classic Laptop version) plus other keystroke combinations reserved in other
types of adaptive technology that there really were no available keystroke
combinations which were workable... even the three I thought we had happened
upon were ruled out by Jukka as not viable with non-North American
keyboards. (Jukka?)

At any rate, after researching the subject, a final recommendation was put
forward to eliminate the use of Accesskeys due to these conflicts (see:

It's really too bad, it would be extremely useful if there were even a few
"standardised" combinations, such as "return to Top" "go to navigation" etc.
However, while the Accesskey ideas is great, it's implementation appears to
be non-viable.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Bill Mason
> Sent: Sunday, February 23, 2003 6:48 PM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Guidance re Accesskeys
> At 03:04 PM 2/23/2003, Nick Kew wrote:
> >Can anyone suggest accesskeys to use or avoid, or further reading
> >on the subject?
> One person did a survey looking for keys not already reserved by adaptive
> or other software and only came up with three: / " ]
> And even that only applied in English language situations.
> See http://www.webaim.org/discussion/mail_message.php?id=2260 for a
> discussion thereof....
> Bill Mason
> Accessible Internet
> w3c@accessibleinter.net
> http://www.accessibleinter.net/
Received on Sunday, 23 February 2003 21:53:31 UTC

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.1 : Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:21:22 UTC