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Update on Keyboard Behavior

From: Kelly Ford <kford@windows.microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2008 15:03:38 -0700
To: WAI-UA list <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
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At today's meeting I indicated I would confirm some of my comments around keyboard processing with one of our developers.  What I had indicated was accurate with respect to what we did in IE7 with respect to alt+d.  This will always go to our address bar, independent of what the web page tries to do, be that through AccessKey or Script.  Further, it is technically possible for the browser to do this for any key.

I also briefly discussed some of the key mapping ideas we've talked about.  In general our developer tells me these should be possible.  There are some potential issues if the user has ActiveX controls installed for IE in particular both in terms of how those controls could intercept keystrokes before the browser has an opportunity to process them and how the controls may respond if keys are remapped.  ActiveX controls are really like installing full pieces of software in some circumstances.  That said as a general rule our key mapping ideas should be possible or at least get further discussion.

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