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Re: Clarification needed on W3C specifications for CHECKBOX w ACCESSKEY

From: Aaron Leventhal <aaronlev@moonset.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 13:23:18 -0500
Message-ID: <43DA6516.30202@moonset.net>
To: Ed.Kautz@Metavante.com
CC: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org

In practice on today's operating systems it tends to work exactly like a 
mouse click.

So hitting the accesskey for a textfield focuses it, and for a mouse 
you're toggling the check.

- Aaron

Ed.Kautz@Metavante.com wrote:

>
> 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_ <mailto:ed.kautz@metavante.com> 	 
>
>
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