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RE: comments on section 4

From: Charles Oppermann <chuckop@MICROSOFT.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 1999 11:38:15 -0800
Message-ID: <BB61526CDE70D2119D0F00805FBECA2F0689F8A2@RED-MSG-55>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Although it is not obvious, based on my meeting this week with Microsoft, 
we should have another checkpoint:
The user agent should expose the keyboard location to allow keyboard 
emulators equivalent control over keyboard input.

There are really two issues here:

1) Visual indication of keyboard input (focus) and current selection.  The
visibility is important for print disabilities including low vision.
2) Programmatic indication of focus and/or selection.  Important for
accessibility aids to discover the current area of user interest (sometimes
known as the "Locus").

 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Denis Anson [mailto:danson@miseri.edu] 
Sent:	Saturday, February 20, 1999 2:27 PM
To:	Kitch Barnicle; w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Subject:	Re: comments on section 4

>
>Section  4.3 Support accessible keyboard input
>
Although it is not obvious, based on my meeting this week with Microsoft, 
we should have another checkpoint:
The user agent should expose the keyboard location to allow keyboard 
emulators equivalent control over keyboard input.

This is not automatic in software.
>
>
>4.3.1 [Priority 2] 
>     Allow the user to configure keyboard access to user agent
>functionalities. Configuration includes the ability to specify single as
>well as multi-key access. 
>
>
>4.3.2 [Priority 2] 
>     Ensure that user can find out about all keyboard bindings. 
>4.3.4 [Priority 3] 
>     Display keyboard bindings in menus. 
>
>KB: We discussed on the telecon that checkpoint 4.3.4 is covered by
>checkpoint 4.3.2.
>
>
>4.4.12 [Priority 1] 
>     Allow the user to turn on and off support for spawned windows. 
>
>KB: I know that spawned windows are a problem but I am not sure if it is a
>priority 1 problem. What do people think? Is it important to let the user
>turn off this feature or should the user agent just make sure that the user
>is notified when a new window is spawned?
>
>
I agree that this should probably be Priority 2.  Spawned windows may 
confuse some groups, but in general, confusion does not preclude access, 
merely makes it difficult.

Denis Anson
Received on Tuesday, 23 February 1999 14:38:24 UTC

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