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Re: Access Keys

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 03:23:02 +0200
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
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They work really well in some browsers (iCab is the standout example in 
my opinion, but Opera is reasonably good) and other browsers really 
don't manage to make them very helpful at all.

I don't think that an overall standard for which keys to use is that 
helpful. There is the link element for standardised links, which allows 
each browser to provide the same control across different sites (and 
many do).  Using what others use is valuable, but the design of 
accesskey isn't sufficiently smart to make it worthwhile. (I do hope 
that it gets redesigned in XHTML 2, and other user-oriented 

As someone who has problems with my hand I really appreciate them. 
Other people won't care at all about them. But then I rarely try to 
find out what the title attribute says about things, while some people 
find it very important (when it is there).



On Monday, Jun 2, 2003, at 16:58 Europe/Zurich, Julian Voelcker wrote:

> On Mon, 2 Jun 2003 08:43:55 -0400, John Foliot - WATS.ca wrote:
>> I have reached the conclusion that the use of ACCESSKEYS is more
>> trouble than it's worth.  See:
>> http://wats.ca/resources/accesskeys/19
>> for all the gritty details.
> Interesting.  I suppose the key thing is to know how muck/many people
> use them.
> Ideally we are trying to do what ever we can to make sites accessible.
> Cheers,
> Julian Voelcker
> Cirencester, United Kingdom
Received on Tuesday, 3 June 2003 21:47:43 UTC

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