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Re: Access Keys

From: Jon Gibbins (dotjay) <dotjay@nov5th.net>
Date: Thu, 02 Jun 2005 13:53:54 +0100
Message-ID: <429F0162.2040402@nov5th.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Tina Holmboe wrote:

 >   We do - though we keep to the "standard" set as defined by the UK
 >   Government. See also http://www.greytower.co.uk/help/

Personally, I avoid using accesskeys at all if I can. If I do use them, 
it's for providing access to a small number of pages/site sections and I 
use numbers.

Alas, the UK e-Government guidelines suggest the use of S for an 
accesskey. S is often used for jumping to a search input field or for 
skip navigation (the latter of which is suggested by the government 
guidelines). I don't use accesskeys in my day-to-day browsing, but I do 
use a lot of keyboard shortcuts. Alt+S in Firefox is one of them - I 
actually have to use the Greasemonkey extension to override sites using 
certain accesskeys!

In a nutshell, I think the idea of accesskeys is a good one, but with 
current implementation they do more harm than good.


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