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Re: HTML Accesskeys

From: Richard Walledge <Richard.Walledge@student.umist.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2003 11:06:37 -0000
To: Susan Lesch <lesch@w3.org>
Cc: site-comments@w3.org
Message-Id: <E1AWD2D-0005LU-FD@deluge.umist.ac.uk>

Dear Susan

> Though I am not completely sure, I believe that the W3C list best
> suited to this question is the WAI User Agent Accessibility Guidelines
> Working Group list <mailto:w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>.

Thanks for your very informative email. yes, the discussion does 
seem quite interesting, with some sort of international consensus 
being formed.

However, with regards to the W3's own website, although it has 
introduced some accesskeys (and these are very useful), I have 
noticed that there are one or two that conflict with some common 
browser's keyboard shortcuts:

B is used in both Opera and Mozilla for Bookmarks
E is used universally for Edit
T is used in both IE and Mozilla for Tools

I was just wondering if the W3 had considered expanding on their 
use of shortcuts even more (soas to set an example to others), and 
maybe also adopting this numerical scheme?

Thanks for your time.



> At 15:37 +0000 11/19/03, Richard Walledge wrote:
> >Dear W3C,
> >
> >I was wondering if you were aware fo the emerging standard
> >scheme for accesskeys? It has been suggested by the UK
> >government, and in the absence of any alternative scheme, this
> >has rapidly become a worldwide standard, adopted by council,
> >military, healthcare and academic.sites in the UK, as well as
> >government sites in Australia, educational sites in the USA and
> >Africa, and more recently, commercial sites in Canada and on
> >mainland Europe.
> >
> >http://www.hmso.gov.uk/accesskeys.htm
> >http://www.clagnut.com/blog/193/
> >
> >Aside from the clear advantage of inter-site consistency (meaning
> >that people are more likely to know and use the keys because they
> >don't need to relearn a new set for every site), this standard is
> >also for the most part numerical, and so is not affected by
> >alphabetical browser menu conflicts, as well as being compatible with
> >WebTV and mobile phones.
> >
> >So to conclude, have the W3C considered implementing these
> >"standard" accesskeys into their website?
> >
> >Thanks for your time,
> >
> >Regards,
> >
> >Richard
> Best wishes,
> -- 
> Susan Lesch           http://www.w3.org/People/Lesch/
> mailto:lesch@w3.org               tel:+1.858.483.4819
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