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Re: AW: "Bypass Blocks" Question

From: Phill Jenkins <pjenkins@us.ibm.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:49:07 -0500
To: "Web Accessibility Initiative Interest Group" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <OF2774A74E.19A4236D-ON86257E88.0057294D-86257E88.005C63FF@us.ibm.com>
"People who do not use screen readers have yet no possibility to use the 
comfort of jumping from one block to another . . ."

No true, there are many plug-ins and extensions  for browsers such as  IE, 
Firefox, and others to navigate by heading or WAI-ARIA landmark / region.

". . . it is still necessary to offer internal links to the top of the 

No, it is not! 

In my opinion
1. It would be better to educate end users on how to install and use the 
plug-ins available, 
2. It would be more efficient to request more capabilities from the 
developers / manufacturers of the relatively very few browsers. 
3. It would much more effective to request more or better plug-in and 
extensions from the open source community that is creating them. 

I just did a search on "browser heading keyboard navigation" and didn't 
find what I was looking for - just more guidance on why keyboard nav for 
web developers and too much mention of screen readers and nothing on 
browser capabilities.
I tried another search by "browser WAI-ARIA keyboard navigation" and found 
a couple. 

So the problem seems to be "us", the accessibility community, for not 
posting resources about the various capabilities in the browsers, plug-in, 
and extensions, including JavaScript frameworks for keyboard navigation 
for end-users.  Below is an initial resource list.  Please copy, add-to, 
and post to increase the community awareness.  We are never going to make 
the progress we need to by asking the millions of web sites to add skip 
nav links when a relatively very few browsers and open source community 
folks can solve the problem for us.  Asking web site owners to go beyond 
using the structural mark-up and adding skip nav links too, that we have 
been asking for for over a decade, is not working.  Lets all try to be 
more efficient in our recommendations by using all the guidelines we have, 
including UAAG .

Browser Keyboard Navigation Resources for end users:

47 Keyboard Shortcuts That Work in All Web Browsers 

ARIA Keyboard Navigation

HeadingsMap - extension generates a documentmap or index of web document 
structured with headings (you can access directly to the content by 
clicking on any of its items), and now, it shows the HTML 5 outline. 

GreaseMonkey User keyboard scripts - Greasemonkey is a Firefox extension 
that allows you to customize the way webpages function, Hundreds of 
scripts are already available for free. And if you're the tinkerer sort, 
you can also write your own


Phill Jenkins, 
Senior Engineer & Business Development Executive
IBM Accessibility
Received on Monday, 20 July 2015 16:49:41 UTC

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