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Re: Keyboard navigation in viewer pane - 3 scenarios.

From: Chris Blouch <cblouch@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2007 09:49:09 -0400
Message-ID: <469782D5.8070809@aol.com>
To: Earl.Johnson@Sun.COM
CC: Tom Wlodkowski <Thomas.Wlodkowski@corp.aol.com>, wai-xtech@w3.org, Becky Gibson <Becky_Gibson@notesdev.ibm.com>

I'm not sure that the "same" keystrokes can be used. The main limitation 
is that the OS, browser and screen readers have already commandeered 
many of them for their own purposes. For example, in my testing I could 
make control-P do something on my web page but in IE is still causes the 
print dialog to pop up. On Firefox though I can actually take over 
control-P and make it do only my function. Alt-P is free so in my 
example I could use that instead of control-P to implement some 
behavior. Similar substitutions may be made for defined alt 
combinations. For example alt-t in IE brings up the Tools menu but 
control-T seems to be clear. So if we want an IE friendly solution we'll 
have to steer clear of any keyboard combinations which are already in 
use which limits how close our web widgets can emulate keyboard controls 
of OS-native widgets. Best we can probably do is "similar" key combinations.

Chris Blouch

Earl.Johnson@Sun.COM wrote:
> Hi Tom;
> I think the agreement coming out of our last meeting was basically 
> "widgets that have a desktop component counterpart [e.g. tabbed pane] 
> should implement the same keystrokes as their desktop brethren."
> To simplify things for our purposes [i.e. disregard flash player, 
> etc], we could say there are 3 possibilities for page content:
>    1. Contains only dojo javascript widgets
>    2. Contains dojo javascript widgets and html4 elements outside the 
> widgets [e.g. Netflix?]
>    3. Old Bessie: all html4 elements
> I don't recall the outcome of discussions when it came to scenarios 
> 2&3. It sounded like this topic has been discussed multiple times 
> before I joined in but I'd appreciate making sure I understand what 
> will happen when someone hits a scenario 2&3 page. Would it be 
> possible to spend a little more time on this discussion in tommorrow's 
> styleguide meeting [if there is one]?
> Thanks, Earl
Received on Friday, 13 July 2007 21:24:53 UTC

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