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RE: Seeking guidance...

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 09:57:22 -0400
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000801bfa619$5b7bdaa0$53fe330a@msde>
One does NOT select (click) onMouseOver items to activate them.  In the same
fashion, one should NOT have to select (return/enter key) onFocus items to
activate them!

onFocus is rarely used.  Having it work as a "false link" only contributes
to its neglect.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Charles McCathieNevile [mailto:charles@w3.org]
> Sent: Friday, April 14, 2000 9:23 AM
> To: Bruce Bailey
> Cc: david@davidsaccess.com; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: RE: Seeking guidance...
> This is a late response, so may be a bit off to one side...
> The analogy works like this: Some people move a pointer around with a
> mouse. When the pointer is on an active object, that can be activated,
> typically with a click. From the keyboard people move a focus
> from element to
> element, and when the focus is on an active element that can be activated,
> typically by pressing the return / enter key, or an arrow.
> cheers
> charles mccn
> On Mon, 10 Apr 2000, Bruce Bailey wrote:
>   > Using IE, I can tab between selectable objects.
>   > But, the object is not activated until I hit enter.
>   Right, and the onFocus/onMouseOver script SHOULD occur when you
> TAB (and NOT
>   require you to press enter).  This IS what happens when you use the
>   keyboard.  In order for the onFocus to be triggered by the
> mouse, however,
>   one must click (select) the item with the onFocus attribute.
> This is NOT
>   like onMouseOver!  This is NOT the modality users have come to expect!
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