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Re: Key bindings... (user agents - was accesskey was ...)

From: Geoff Deering <geoff@deering.id.au>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 05:11:15 +1100
Message-ID: <43C3F8C3.8070303@deering.id.au>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
CC: "John Foliot - WATS.ca" <foliot@wats.ca>, 'Charles McCathieNevile' <chaals@opera.com>

John Foliot - WATS.ca wrote:

>Charles McCathieNevile wrote: (Discussion)

It seems to me that this needs to be moved to the User Agent 
Accessibility Guidelines and out of WCAG.  If the whole thing is better 
managed by the user agent and the client, then that is where it 
belongs.  Once it is there, developers can be informed in WCAG to avoid 
setting any key bindings themselves and allow the user agent and client 
to manage it.  You'd have to try moving it out of markup too. 

A lot of design considerations are put into specifications with all 
sorts of good intention, but as time unfolds we find their 
implementation was not able to foresee potential problems and we have to 
untangle that and reengineer it in a more appropriate way.  It needs 
this type of complete revamp in order to get away from the problem of 
designers assigning key bindings.

It seems that to getting to that point will take an evolution of 
processes and recommendations.  Maybe any other areas of WCAG that share 
the same type of contentious issues need to be transported to UAAG too.

Geoff Deering
Received on Tuesday, 10 January 2006 18:11:34 UTC

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