IME and contenteditable Re: A11Y-ACTION-336: Explain the ime / cententeditable issue in email


to close this action item:

The editing task force are trying to work out how to deal with IMEs. The  
basic issue is that then "normal" text is entered, there are some key  
events that lead to a letter being generated: a, or F, or Я. But things  
get more complicated after that, whether it is because you have ñ or ∫ or  

For plain text input, they can catch the keys themselves. This at least  
intersects with the problems we already have around accesskey and using  
javascript as an alternative. But with IMEs for handling complex scripts  
that don't fit on a keyboard, things get trickier.

We are aware of issues like going into the text 日<b>本</b>語 to re-edit  
it, and having it turned into unpredictable but likely wrong things.

What we are wondering is:
Does the same thing happens for accessibility reasons? E.g. with people  
using assistive technologies to edit text from voice input?
How well do assistive technologies interact with IMEs - the widest-spread  
being for CJK, although there are other languages like Vietnamese which  
use a keyboard setup that amounts to an IME.

Note that the mechanics of how to handle "complex" text input is still  
open to debate, so it is timely to provide any information we find.



Charles McCathie Nevile - web standards - CTO Office, Yandex - - - Find more at

Received on Monday, 19 October 2015 09:22:15 UTC