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RE: advice about link activation keys

From: Mike Paciello <mpaciello@paciellogroup.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2012 21:30:02 -0500
To: "'James Craig'" <jcraig@apple.com>, "'Steve Faulkner'" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "'Joseph Scheuhammer'" <clown@alum.mit.edu>, "'Michael Cooper'" <cooper@w3.org>, "'W3C WAI-XTECH'" <wai-xtech@w3.org>
Message-ID: <023701ccd3f6$c07af180$4170d480$@paciellogroup.com>
Interesting question. For some reason, I thought this might track back to
text browsers. I seem to recall using the space bar to initiate a link
somewhere back in the early days of the web. It wasn't Lynx. I'm wondering
whether it was a Un*x browser? 

Mike Paciello
Cell: +1 603.566-7713


-----Original Message-----
From: James Craig [mailto:jcraig@apple.com] 
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 12:42 PM
To: Steve Faulkner
Cc: Joseph Scheuhammer; Michael Cooper; W3C WAI-XTECH
Subject: Re: advice about link activation keys

Seems like the "space or enter/return" behavior language was likely intended
for buttons, not links. Maybe the language was carried over to links by
accident.


On Jan 15, 2012, at 5:45 AM, Steve Faulkner <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi,
> http://www.w3.org/WAI/PF/aria-practices/#link
> 
> states:
> "Link (widget)
> 
> #
> Characteristics:
> ...
> Space or Enter executes the link."
> 
> I don't believe that the use of space is a commonly implemented design 
> pattern for link activation, do you have any data on which browsers 
> implement such behavior?
> 
> 
> 
> --
> with regards
> 
> Steve Faulkner
> Technical Director - TPG
> 
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