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RE: browser support for heading navigation

From: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:26:12 -0700 (PDT)
To: "'Christophe Strobbe'" <christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <02a501cc681c$370095e0$a501c1a0$@edu>
Christophe Strobbe wrote:
>
> The list of keyboard shortcuts for Opera 11.10 does not list
> shortcuts for navigating headings :
> <http://help.opera.com/Windows/11.10/en/keyboard.html>. The tutorial
> "Use Opera without a mouse" states that you can use the keys W and S
> to navigate to the previous and next header [sic!] on the page:
> <http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/nomouse/>. Unfortunately,
> this tutorial is not referenced by the page with keyboard shortcut
> and the keys don't work if you don't enable them in the preferences
> (the tutorial does not tell you that; see
> <http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/201003/heading_navigation_in_web
> _browsers/>
> for the instructions).

Hi Christophe,

That's not good.  I am BCC'ing my Opera Posse to see if that can't be 
addressed more elegantly.


>
> Other browsers, with larger "market shares" than Opera, don't support
> heading navigation.
> There are a few extensions for Firefox, but they are either aimed at
> mouse users or outdated.

Mozilla's rapid release schedule is breaking lots of extensions/plugins, 
which is a PITA.  For the slightly more adventurous, hacking plug-ins to 
work in next-release Firefox builds is not that hard, although it is a HACK 
and done AT YOUR OWN RISK; I CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY NEGATIVE 
OUTCOMES. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

HOW TO:

1) Download and SAVE the .xpi file (the Firefox plug-in installer file)
2) Change the file extension from .xpi to .zip
3) Expand the zip file and find the 'install.rdf' file
4) Open install.rdf in a text editor, and look for <em:maxVersion>, change 
the value to the current browser version (i.e., update it from 5.* to 6.*, 
or whatever)
5) Save the file, reinsert it into the original zip, then rename the 
file.zip back to file.xpi
6) Double click on the .xpi file and it should initiate the 'new' 
installation

REPEATING FOR THE HARD OF READING - THIS IS A HACK, AND DOING SO IS AT YOUR 
OWN RISK; I CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY NEGATIVE OUTCOMES. YOU HAVE BEEN 
WARNED!

That said, I have had to do this to a few of my more favorite plugins 
(including the Mozilla Accessibility Extensions/FAE toolbar), usually within 
hours of my 'forced' FireFox update, and so far it has all gone well.

Hope this helps.

JF
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