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Re: Accesskey in Addendum to Best Practices

From: Alan Chuter <achuter@technosite.es>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:11:38 +0200
Message-ID: <4AC061AA.9010408@technosite.es>
To: Public MWBP <public-bpwg@w3.org>
CC: chaals@opera.com, "Scheppe, Kai-Dietrich" <k.scheppe@telekom.de>
Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
> This is something that browsers which are also designed to handle the 
> desktop web might naturally do, e.g. to deal with the fact that few 
> phones have an "s" key, or that fewer have a "д" key, and that many 
> authors don't follow guidelines such as "use only numbers".
> Between behaviour necessary for user agents to more effectively render 
> the web, and the propensity of authors not to accurately describe how to 
> use access keys anyway, it makes no sense to recommend the author 
> describing how to use them - any more than it makes sense to recommend 
> that authors tell users how to go to the page they were on before.

It might be useful to recommend that rather than defining access keys 
and explaining what the definitions are, authors should provide a page 
saying that they **don't define them** but pointing to a guide to how 
they can work. The MWI could maybe provide such a page to point to, 
rather like the page provided by WAI [1] for text size and colours, 
which tells people how to use their browsers.


[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/changedesign.html

Alan Chuter
Departamento de Usabilidad y Accesibilidad
Technosite - Grupo Fundosa
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