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RE: Accesskeys (was RE: Accessibility features)

From: John Foliot - WATS.ca <foliot@wats.ca>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2006 19:58:55 -0500
To: "'Martin Stehle'" <pewtah@snafu.de>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <00dc01c6246f$32666920$6401a8c0@bosshog>

Martin Stehle wrote:

> In english: The way is to avoid letters because of the problems many
> articels wrote about. Instead one could use numbers. 

Martin,

While it is true that using numeric keys introduces *minimal* issues,
some access problems do remain, especially with #'s 5, 8 and 9:  Please
see the chart at
http://www.wats.ca/resources/accesskeysandkeystrokes/38
Remember too that WindowEyes is configured to allow the end user to
pre-map the numeric keys (on Windows platform Alt+1 through 0) for
"User-defined windows".

A better solution (if you continue to believe that you *really* need
accesskeys) would be to investigate one of the new crop of scripts that
are surfacing, that allow the end user to specify *their* preference.
See:

  http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/~distler/blog/archives/000723.html
  http://juicystudio.com/article/user-defined-accesskeys.php (plus more
at Gez's site)
  http://www.tjkdesign.com/articles/user_defined_accesskeys.asp

JF 
--
John Foliot  foliot@wats.ca
Web Accessibility Specialist / Co-founder of WATS.ca
Web Accessibility Testing and Services
http://www.wats.ca   
Phone: 1-613-482-7053  
Received on Sunday, 29 January 2006 00:59:15 GMT

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