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Re: Proposal for Keyboard Shortcuts for HTML5

From: Charles McCathieNevile <chaals@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 21:02:38 +0200
To: "Richard Schwerdtfeger" <schwer@us.ibm.com>
Cc: "Maciej Stachowiak" <mjs@apple.com>, "public-html@w3.org WG" <public-html@w3.org>, public-html-request@w3.org
Message-ID: <op.ty0puob8wxe0ny@widsith.local>

On Fri, 21 Sep 2007 20:24:19 +0200, Richard Schwerdtfeger  
<schwer@us.ibm.com> wrote:

> Interesting. So there are few exceptions. I would like to see navigation  
> by role like access (when this makes it in).
> You could place an optional key assignment here like access and eliminate
> accesskey altogether.

Doing this would only work if you really have roles for everything. Given  
that the current move is away from having namespacing in the roles, based  
on the assertion that implementors will actually hardcode things rather  
than build an extensible mechnism, that might not be the obvious way to go  
about it.

I agree that accesskey is inferior to most other ways of describing what  
something does and letting the system give it the default shortcut. But I  
am sure I can keep coming up with new things a widget will do faster than  
you can standardise and get implemented every kind of role - so having  
accesskey as a backstop that lets an author give a hint about what is  
meaningful would actually be valuable (plus it reminds more authors to  
think of keyboard access in the first place, with a bit of luck).



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