Regrets for me as I have another meeting at the same time.

One item I would like to bring up if I were there is reservation of some keyboard space just for web applications. Here is a cut/paste of the recommendation from my docs for the axs library:

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To make this a bit easier, here are the known keys that are not used under Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP running Jaws 8 with no extras installed. As you can see the majority of available keys are in the control+alt and shift+control+alt sets. We recommend using keys in these sets as a best practice for web apps so users won't have to memorize both a set of letters and modifiers. If everybody can stick to control+alt users will start to use these as a habit. As a good UI design, shift+control+alt should be used for more powerful or alternate versions of unshifted commands. For example control+alt+d could be "delete" while shift+control+alt+d would be "delete all".

Modifiers Available Keys Available Specials
None W Y ` 7 8 9 0 - = [ ] \ 'FF , . Backspace, F2, F7, F9, F12, Escape, Delete
Shift W Y ` 7 8 9 0 - = [ ] \ ' Backspace, F2, F5, F7, F8, F9, F11IE, F12, Escape, Delete
Control DFFIE GFF JFFIE M Q SFF TFFIE UFF Y ` 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 0 -FFIE =FFIE [ ] \ ; ' , . / Backspace, F2, F3, F7FF, F8, F9, F11IE, F12, Delete
Alt BFF CIE G I J K LIE MIE N OIE PIE Q RIE SFF U W X Y ZIE ` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = [ ] \ ; ' , . / Backspace, F1, F2, F3, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, Insert, End, PageUp, PageDown
Shift+Alt BFF CIE G I J K LIE MIE N OIE PIE Q RIE SFF U W X Y ZIE ` 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 - = [ ] \ ; ' , . / Backspace, F1, F2, F3, F5, F6, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, Insert, Delete, Home, End, PageUp, PageDown
Shift+Control A B C D E FFF GFF HIE IIE JIE L M N O P Q RFF S T U V WFF X Y Z ` -FFIE =FFIE \ ; ' , . / Backspace, Enter, F2, F3, F5, F7, F8, F9, F10FFIE, F12, Delete, PageUp, PageDown, Up, Down
Control+Alt ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY`1234567890-=[]\;',./ Backspace, F2, F3, F5, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12, Insert
Shift+Control+Alt ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ`1234567890-=[]\;',./ Backspace, F2, F3, F5, F7, F8, F9, F10, F11IE, F12, Insert, Delete, Home, End, PageUp, PageDown

FF
- Firefox with no plugins on Windows XP also maps some more keys which are noted with an FF superscript in the table.
IE - Internet Explorer 7 with no plugins on Windows XP maps some more keys which are noted with an IE superscript in the table.

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So a couple questions.

1. Do you all agree that using keys other than control+alt or control+shift+alt is problematic because so many are already mapped by the browser/OS/Screen Reader?
We we're doing contortions to try and find memorable letters that were not taken except in the control+alt space. It would be great to map control-r to read a new mail message or  shift+alt+i to get more info but most of the letters were taken.

2. If you do agree, do you think it would be valuable to follow what we've been promoting internally at AOL; to keep all the lettered shortcuts in the control+alt space?
This makes things more memorable because we just have a single accessor key combination to keep track of for all the keyboard shortcuts for web applications. Otherwise we're skipping around the minefield trying to look for random free keys.

3. If you think this is reasonable, should we be pushing back on web browsers or OSes which are starting to creep in on the control+alt range as it is the last bastion of virgin keyboard territory. What I've seen recently is mappings of "nice to have" but relatively low utility keys in this space. Now would be the time to put a stake in the ground and reserve this space for the new web apps and widgets.

CB

Evans, Donald wrote:

Agenda for October 5 meeting:

 

1.     We will continue the discussion about the Accordion behavior after Earl has time to rethink the use of the Tab key and has taken the discussion to the PFWG.

2.     Review Menu after Becky reviews her notes

3.     Tabindex and Focus as a discussion is recommended by Becky.

4.     Context Help and use cases like prolog.

5.     AXS Library

6.     Drag-n-Drop

 

 

 

Donald F. Evans

Sr. Program Manager

Office of Accessibility

AOL LLC

AIM: donaldfevans

Email: Donald.Evans@corp.aol.com

Tel: (703) 265-5952