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Mouse-less browsing/Datepicker (was RE: ISSUE-96 Change Proposal)

From: John Foliot <jfoliot@stanford.edu>
Date: Thu, 1 Apr 2010 11:12:54 -0700 (PDT)
To: "'Jonas Sicking'" <jonas@sicking.cc>, "'Steven Faulkner'" <faulkner.steve@gmail.com>
Cc: "'Shelley Powers'" <shelley.just@gmail.com>, "'HTMLWG WG'" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <014d01cad1c6$f0977cf0$d1c676d0$@edu>
Jonas Sicking wrote:
> Are you saying that "programmatic focus and keyborad operability" from
> your initial email is about that these things must be provided by the
> browser to the user via accessibility APIs? I.e. the browser must
> allow the user to use keyboard navigation as well as use other
> accessibility APIs to focus various parts of the date picker?

Not for a minute suggesting that I am replying for Steven, but, yes, of
course the browser must allow the user to access all aspects of a
date-picker via keyboard control. There are many use-cases where keyboard
only access would be a requirement even if no specific AT or accessibility
API call is/would be required: for example on a 'mouse-less device'
(mobiles *without* touch screen functionality), for a user with limited
mobility (tabbing via voice-activation) or simply when the mouse is not
available (the battery in my wireless mouse just died, and I need to
replace it *after* I get all the other work done).  Chaals
(McCathieNevile) just wrote up some thoughts about mouse-less browsing
this week: http://my.opera.com/chaals/blog/2010/03/31/living-without-mice
that expands on these thoughts - well worth the read.


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