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Re: Accesskey and tabindex not helpful to blind users?

From: Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 08 Jul 2005 15:42:42 +0100
Message-ID: <42CE90E2.20000@splintered.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

B.K. DeLong wrote:
> I see
> accesskey and tabindex being very useful for those who cannot manipulate 
> a pointing device as well as those who are blind however in light of 
> Rich's comments, I'm not quite sure where to go from here and I'd like 
> to solicit the list's comments.

Tabindex is good if you're stuck with old-style, table based, kludgey 
markup, but has largely been superseded (IMHO) by the idea of having a 
right source-order and, if necessary, using CSS to position things a 
certain way visually.

As for accesskeys, I tend to side with John/Derek's view, although 
granted in some instances it can make sense to have them (depending on 
audience, purpose, etc). If anything, I'd go with a minimal set of keys.

Patrick H. Lauke
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