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Access Keys as a means to passing 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:26:38 +0800
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HI all

I'd like to get your opinion as to whether the provision of access keys is a satisfactory method to pass 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks.

They aren't covered by the Sufficient Techniques but there is a mention in the Advisory Techniques as a possible future link.  My concern is that unless they are visible upon keyboard activation, the user would not know they are available unless there was a mention in the 'accessibility page' , if there was even that page provided.

A page I'm looking at has an inadequate heading structure (only 1 h3 and 2 h4 elements), no skip links, but has access keys that you can find out about in the accessibility link at the bottom of the page.

IMHO, it is certainly not 'best practice', but does it actually fail 2.4.1?


Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
Mob: 0415 383 673

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