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Re: Find as you type for navigation

From: David Poehlman <david.poehlman@handsontechnologeyes.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2006 07:16:28 -0400
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Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
To: "Jesper Tverskov" <jesper@tverskov.dk>

I'm not certain I understand this.  What if a link is one of a series  
having the same first letter?

SSafari with VoiceOver has a feature where by you can navigate a list  
of links by typing letters and as you type, the list is shortened and  
it can go down to one if you type enough of the right characters.

On Jul 27, 2006, at 3:20 AM, Jesper Tverskov wrote:



I have tested the "Find as you type" feature in the newest versions of
Firefox and Opera to see how close they are to give us an easy way to  
go to
links and navigate a website using the keyboard.

They are pretty close but not there yet.

In Firefox to find a letter in a link you press apostrophe (') and  
slip it
again and then a letter in the link. In Opera it is comma (,). In both
browsers F3 will move focus to the next match.

The above is probably ok if we want to find something in a link. But  
that is
not what we want when we navigate a website using this "Find"  
substitute for
short cut keys.

We want to go to a link we have already spotted, or we want to go to  
a link
and have already guessed what the name is like "home", "next", "search",
"contact".

In order to use "Find as you type" for link navigation, in a simple  
way that
will work for most people, it should only consider the first letter  
of the
link text.

As far as I remember even this was once an option in Netscape.

Also both Opera and Firefox have this "creeping featurism" problem.  
It is ok
to have a lot of extra options for advanced users but the basic features
should work right away.

For links "Find as you type" should as default only consider one  
character,
and only the first one in the link text.

Best regards,

Jesper Tverskov
www.smackthemouse.com
Received on Thursday, 27 July 2006 11:16:46 GMT

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