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RE: Question to accesskeys

From: Bart Simons <bart.simons@ascii.be>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 15:12:23 +0100
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John,

> Though I still have a problem. I use the accesskey "S"
> for Skip Navigation, but this accesskey and keystroke is
> used by IBM HPR for "Settings" and JAWS Laptop Settings
> (Using IE 5.5/6) for "Changing screen echo".

Indeed, that's a strong argument against the use of accesskeys. you force a
behaviour on the user that differs from the one he expects. He will be
frustrated if he is not aware of an alternative way to invoke the requested
functionality.

> Another problem is, I would need accesskeys for my
> "Contact" forms for:
> - Name
> - E-Mail
> - Comments, etc

In my point of view, accesskeys are useful for repetitive actions, but less
interesting for usage on one particular page. The first time the user visits
your contact page he will have to familiarise with your accesskeys(meaning
he will not use them). It is unlikely that he will remember these keys if he
ever returns to this particular page.

> I do not want to use any letters for accesskeys,

This means you can only use them sparingly and I think this is a good
approach with regard to accesskey features.

Kind regards
--
Bart Simons
Web Accessibility Specialist
ASCII - European e-government content solutions
Rue de Trèves, 49-51, Trierstraat
Bruxelles, B-1040 Brussel
Phone: +32.2.235.00.46
E-mail: bart.simons@ascii.be
Received on Monday, 23 February 2004 09:11:28 UTC

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