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Re: direct and spatial mapping to functionalities

From: Scott Luebking <phoenixl@netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 09:42:25 -0700 (PDT)
Message-Id: <199910041642.JAA29341@netcom6.netcom.com>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Hi,

Perhaps another way to look at the issue is action requested by location
versus action requested by an identifier (in this case binding actions
to key).  As part of a project I've been working on for NSF, we've been
looking at "universally-designed" web pages.  Providing both ways of
requesting an action seems to cover multiple groups.  Blind,
hand-impaired and expert users can benefit from actions being requested
by identifiers/keys.  It avoids the time needed to move to locations.

Scott

PS  There should be a standard key which will list what key functions
are provided on a page.


> Mousekeys doesn't address the problems people with visual impairments.  The
> problem is more than just not being able to use the standard mouse, it is
> also the perceptual/motor task of lining up the pointer with a target on
> the visual display.  This is an almost impossible task for some types of
> disabilities.  The keyboard support is needed for users, especially people
> with visual impairments, to be able to achieve the same functional results
> as mouse users using keyboard commands.  Many tasks can easily be both
> keyboard and pointer based, others like drawing a bit-mapped picture or
> graphic in drawing program are not. 
> Jon
Received on Monday, 4 October 1999 12:42:45 GMT

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