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Re: Comment: Checkpoint 1.1

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 2002 12:39:29 -0500
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To: "Ian B. Jacobs" <ij@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org

Suggested change:

Note: User agents should support at least two types of keyboard access to 
functionalities: direct and sequential access (where user awareness of a 
location "in space" is not required, as is the case with keyboard shortcuts 
and navigation of user agent menus).  Spatial keyboard access (where the 
user moves the pointing device "in space" via the keyboard) is required for 
functionalities that cannot be made available by direct or sequential 
access.  For example, when the position "in space" is an important part of 
the functionality (i.e. a program to manipulate a bit-mapped image).  In 
most cases the direct and sequential access techniques will be redundant 
with spatial techniques associated with a pointing device.  Furthermore, 
the user agent should satisfy this requirement by offering a combination of 
keyboard-operable user interface controls (e.g., keyboard operable print 
menus and settings) and direct keyboard operation of user agent 
functionalities (e.g., a short cut to print the current page). As examples 
of functionalities, ensure that the user can interact with enabled 
elements, select content, navigate viewports, configure the user agent, 
access documentation, install the user agent, operate controls of the user 
interface, etc., all entirely through keyboard input. It is also possible 
to claim conformance to this document for full support through pointing 
device input and voice input. See the section on Input modality labels.


At 12:38 PM 7/10/2002 -0400, Ian B. Jacobs wrote:
>Jon Gunderson wrote:
>>The note on checkpoint 1.1 makes it sound like mouse keys can be used to 
>>conform to the keyboard input requirement.  We don't want to imply 
>>that.  I think it should be clearer that user agents need to be 
>>compatible with mouse keys, but that supporting mousekeys does not 
>>satisfy the conformance requirements for checkpoint 1.1 for keyboard access.
>The UAWG resolved that it would not impose that all keyboard
>access be through direct access. Therefore, 1.1 allows a mix
>  1) Direct access (e.g., "F1" pulls up help)
>  2) Sequential access that is not through two-dimensional
>     space (e.g., navigation through cascading menus)
>  3) Spatial access (e.g., for drawing functionalities).
>Later in the document we have single-key requirements for
>some functionalities. But for the rest, we do not require
>that access be available through just one of the
>above three modes. Consequently, it is my understanding
>that we agreed that mouse keys was far from ideal for
>satisfying this checkpoint, but for some input (e.g.,
>drawing), it would be better than actually moving a mouse
>around a desktop).
>Are you suggesting that mouse keys would *never* be
>acceptable as part of satisfying 1.1? I think that's different
>from our resolution. The Note reads:
>"User agents should allow direct keyboard access where possible, and this 
>may be redundant with spatial input techniques. Furthermore, the user 
>agent should satisfy this requirement by offering a combination of 
>keyboard-operable user interface controls (e.g., keyboard operable print 
>menus and settings) and direct keyboard operation of user agent 
>functionalities (e.g., a short cut to print the current page)."
>Do you have other text to propose?
>_ Ian
>[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/2001/08/issues-20010830#514
>Ian Jacobs (ij@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
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