From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott Matthewman) To: <email@example.com>, "E. Stephen Mack" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Thoughts on ACCESSKEY Date: Fri, 18 Jul 1997 14:15:10 +0100 Message-ID: <19970718131923339.AAA269@scott.danielson.co.uk> > I'm interested in the conflicts inherent in these last two > paragraphs. We're told that the user agent decides both > on what the shortcut key will be (depending on the system > used), and that the user agent will render the access key > on screen. How, then, should an author list the access > key? "To visit Yahoo, press ALT+Y on Windows or CMD+Y on > Macintosh or simply follow the link if that doesn't work" > is a little unwieldy. (Maybe I don't know what is meant > by "label text" here.) ACCESSKEY is a shortcut to a task which can be accomplished in another way (e.g. by mousing the mouse or the tab key, etc.). As with Windows and Mac applications, why not display the link/button and let the user decide what to do? > What's the best way for authors to show which access key > they've assigned? > > <A HREF="http://www.yahoo.com" ACCESSKEY="Z">Z: Yahoo!</A> > <A HREF="http://www.yahoo.com" ACCESSKEY="Z">Yahoo! (Z)</A> > <A HREF="http://www.yahoo.com" ACCESSKEY="Z">Yahoo! [Access=Z]</A> Would you do that if you were designing a GUI application? No. So why do it in HTML? [Mind you, this is a personal opinion from someone who thinks the words "Click here" should be banned within the <A> element... ;) ] -- Scott A. Matthewman, Danielson Limited / SBN Level 1 Member Tel: +44 (0)1296 424478. Fax: +44 (0)1296 392141 Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/hampton/31/ -- "He's not as stupid as he looks." "My dear, no-one could be as stupid as HE looks."