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Re: Clarification needed on W3C specifications for CHECKBOX w ACCESSKEY

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 09:39:33 -0600
To: Ed.Kautz@Metavante.com, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Message-Id: <e275cf9f.81405ec4.a05b400@expms1.cites.uiuc.edu>

Ed,

The accesskey portion of HTML 4 has been interpreted in
different ways by various developers.  I think there is a
general consensus that the HTML 4 accesskey specification was
not very well thoughout or implemented.  XHTML 2 is right now
trying to figure out how to fix this in new recommendations.

Jon


---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 13:28:26 -0600
>From: Ed.Kautz@Metavante.com  
>Subject: Clarification needed on W3C specifications for
CHECKBOX w ACCESSKEY  
>To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
>
>   Good day,
>
>   I have questions on the specifications of, and the
>   expected results of, setting and using an ACCESSKEY
>   on a CHECKBOX in an HTML form.
>
>   I have reviewed your documentation and testing of
>   setting an ACCESSKEY on a CHECKBOX at this web page:
>  
http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/TS/html401/cp0101/0101-ACCESSKEY-CHECKBOX.html
>   but this did not answer my questions.
>
>   I am using Microsoft Internet Explorer version
>   6.0.2800.1106 to display your test web page.
>   The result of pressing the ALT-A keys in succession
>   toggles the check in the box off and on.
>
>   Is this the result I should expect according to the
>   W3C specifications or the way the MS IE browser
>   interprets the W3C specifications?
>
>   If this result conforms to the W3C standards, why
>   are the CHECKBOX ACCESSKEY results different from
>   other FORM fields accessed by ACCESSKEYS?
>
>   For other FORM field types, the ACCESSKEYS set focus
>   to a FORM FIELD but do not change the FIELD value.
>   For other field types, ACCESSKEY strokes results are
>   the same as if the user TABBED to the FORM field,
>   only in one set of key strokes, without changing the
>   FIELD value.
>
>   I expected the ACCESSKEY to provide the same results
>   as when TABBING through a form to reach a CHECKBOX.
>   Upon tabbing to the CHECKBOX, the CHECKBOX value is
>   not toggled, the user must press the SPACEBAR to
>   toggle the check.
>
>   The real problem arises when I use the first letter
>   of a form field as the access key, and the form has
>   multiple fields that all start with the same letter,
>   and one of the fields is a CHECKBOX. As I cycle
>   through the form using the ACCESSKEY, when I reach
>   the CHECHBOX field, the CHECKBOX value is toggled.
>   This is not the result I expect.
>
>   For example, say an HTML form made up of many fields
>   contains 4 fields that start with the letter 'D'.
>   These 4 fields all have ALT-D as their ACCESSKEY
>   sequence. When the form displays, focus is on the
>   first field. I decide I want to use the ACCESSKEY to
>   move to the last field(fourth field) with an
>   ACCESSKEY of ALT-D. I press ALT-D four times to move
>   to the correct field. As I press ALT-D the third
>   time, focus is set on the CHECKBOX field(third field
>   with the ACCESSKEY of ALT-D) and the CHECHBOX value
>   is toggled. I did not want to change the value of
>   this field, only skip past it with a fourth press of
>   ALT-D to get to the field I wanted.
>
>   My expectations of an ACCESSKEY is to only give
>   access to a field, not change the field. When an
>   ACCESSKEY stroke is used to get to an INPUT field of
>   type TEXT, the field is not cleared. A user must
>   perform other keystrokes to actually change the
>   field.
>
>   Thank you for your time and any clarification you
>   can offer,
>
>   Ed Kautz                                             
>   Conversion Technical Solutions                    
>   Metavante Corporation                              
>   414 371-(6)7762                                   
>   Ed.Kautz@metavante.com                            
>
>    
>  
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