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Re: Keyboard navigation in a web page

From: Alan Cantor <acantor@oise.utoronto.ca>
Date: Wed, 6 Oct 1999 18:17:30 -0400 (EDT)
To: IG - WAI Interest Group List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Lakespur Roca <lake@netscape.com>
Message-ID: <Pine.SO4.4.02.9910061805340.27596-100000@tortoise.oise.utoronto.ca>
Do this:

1. Make the focus indicator extremely conspicuous, maybe 2 or 3 pixel-wide
line. Forget the faint dotted line nonesense. Better: allow the user to
customize the focus indicator, or choose from many.

2. Make links function as buttons. Spacebar should activate a link.
(Normally, spacebar activates a button that has focus, and Enter activates
the default button.) A link on a web page has focus AND is the default
button, so both keys should work.

3. Create a keystroke to route focus to the link containing selected
text. Then it becomes possible to search for a link.

4. When activating a link, set a mark on the activated link. When
returning to that page (using Alt + left arrow or backspace or whatever),
put focus on that link.

See this article for more suggestions on keyboard-only access:


Alan Cantor
Cantor + Associates
Workplace Accommodation Consultants
New e-mail address: acantor@interlog.com
Received on Wednesday, 6 October 1999 18:17:33 UTC

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