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Re: Access Keys as a means to passing 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 07:41:58 +0100
Message-ID: <507D01B6.4050400@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
CC: Harry Loots <harry.loots@ieee.org>, Userite <richard@userite.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Vivienne CONWAY wrote:

> Question - do you believe that the provision of access keys would 
> produce a 'pass' grade for 2.4.1?

For an inside page of a site which people have to log in to, and 
normally access frequently, maybe.  For a page that could be reached by 
search engines, by unfamiliar users, you would need to explain the 
access key at the top of the page, and that would probably be more 
intrusive to the design than a skip link.

On an earlier point, if a user has to follow a special link to find 
accessibility features, they are only going to do so if they are 
desperate to access the site, or they are going to be  frequent user. 
Normally these are done as a sop to accessibility with the hope that 
they won't disrupt the design.  Often they just tell you how to use the 
general accessibility features of mainstream browsers.

David Woolley
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