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Re: Accesskey Re: <span> within a word any issue for screen readers?

From: Geoff Deering <geoff@deering.id.au>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 10:40:32 +1100
Message-ID: <43C2F470.4020400@deering.id.au>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Charles McCathieNevile wrote:

>
> (Cue message a little later from my good mate John Foliot...)


Yes, where's John?  Is he on holidays?  Surely he has a bot to alert him 
to this discussion:-)


I agree with your points in general. But there must be more learnt from 
the history of software apps.

My point.  For general browsing, I use Firefox most of the time (and I 
have real issues with it), and Opera some of the time.  Often I hit 
Ctrl+T for a new tab, and Doh! I'm in Opera and something else happens.  
I know I can go in and changed the keyboard mapping for Opera, but the 
builders of software editors (and other applications) learnt a long time 
ago that this approach wasn't enough, what they had to provide was 
default sets of keyboard maps for the user to load based on their most 
familiar editor and keyboard maps.  Why are user agents so out of touch 
with such good software design principles?  Aren't they aware of this 
problem?

Not only is this good usability, it is also good marketing, because it 
makes it much easier for a user to move from one product to the next.

So I think user agents need to provide this level of user configuration, 
and I guess the same applies to keyboard binding via hypertext applications.

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Geoff Deering
Received on Monday, 9 January 2006 23:40:38 GMT

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