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RE: More data on accesskeys (New article written Nov. 1)

From: Andy Mabbett <andy_mabbett@birmingham.gov.uk>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 13:03:00 +0000
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"Alastair Campbell" <ac@nomensa.com> wrote on 03/11/2006 12:53:02:

> > A simple fix for the problem of access keys would be to allow
> > the user to define their own access keys...

> True, and several links were provided earlier in the thread to
> implementations,

Sorry; I seem to have missed those.

> but it is worth considering whether the target audience
> would actually use them even when perfectly implemented (from the site's
> point of view).

> These two main factors come to mind:
> 1. The user has to know what accesskeys are, or the site has to give a
> sufficiently obvious description of what they are.

No; my proposal is precisely the opposite. The site would have to give no 
such description.

> - The user probably has to use the site regularly in order for it to be
> worth investing the time to customise it.

Again,  my proposal is precisely the opposite. The user would configure 
their UA, once, regardless of which sites they subsequently visit.

Consider a set-up wizard:

        Which key combination do you wish to use, to visit 
        the home pages of the sites you visit?

        Which key combination do you wish to use, to visit 
        the search pages of the sites you visit?


> Compare that to a mechanism in the user-agent that automatically works
> across different sites and uses keys the user has defined once, rather
> than for each site.

That is what I'm proposing!

> (I'm also only replying to the lists I'm a member of, but feel free to
> pass on.)

and again.

Andy Mabbett

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