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From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 08:37:09 -0400
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Dean Dyer wrote:
> Greetings,
>          A question on access keys: how many of you actually
> use them on
> your sites?  If so, what do you use them for?  Every link?  Standard
> links?  Main navigation?  Seems like you could run out of
> keys, especially
> if you try to stay away from standard menu access keys.
>          We are reworking some of our pages and want to
> provide as much
> functionality as possible.  We're just trying to figure out what is
> actually useful v. being confusing.
>          Thanks for feedback.
> 

To long time list members... No, I will not give up <grin>

Leo,

The debate on the pros and cons of accesskeys is, by now, well documented.
While there *are* arguments for using them, on balance I believe that they
can in fact cause more harm than good, and say so every chance I get (as the
above sentence indicates).  Should you care, we have written extensively on
the topic at WATS.ca.  I urge you to at the very least give the arguments
some consideration:

	Using Accesskeys - Is it worth it?: 
	http://www.wats.ca/articles/accesskeys/19

	More reasons why we don't use accesskeys: 
	http://www.wats.ca/articles/accesskeyconflicts/37

	Accesskeys and Reserved Keystroke Combinations: 
	http://www.wats.ca/resources/accesskeysandkeystrokes/38  

	Link Relationships as an Alternative to Accesskeys: 
	http://www.wats.ca/articles/accesskeyalternatives/52

	The Future of Accesskeys: 
	http://www.wats.ca/articles/thefutureofaccesskeys/66

Cheers!

JF
--
John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca   
Phone: 1-613-267-1983 / 1-866-932-4878 (North America) 
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