RE: aisles in the key cluster

The guidelines would never dictae a particular key, but statements could be
made related to the physical proximity of the keys used to implement
certain functions.

At 02:17 PM 7/28/98 -0700, Charles (Chuck) Oppermann wrote:
>Personally, I believe it's out of scope to specify what keys should be used,
>other than to say something like "use keyboard shortcuts which are native to
>the platform and user interface being used.  Also take into account the
>needs of physically impaired users when designing keyboard layouts."
>The worst thing that a browser can do is invent new keyboard models which
>are incompatible with the other applications and the overall scheme of the
>platform and it's associated user interface.
>Charles Oppermann
>Program Manager, Active Accessibility, Microsoft Corporation
>"A computer on every desk and in every home, usable by everyone!"
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Bryan Campbell []
>Sent: Wednesday, July 22, 1998 2:58 PM
>Subject: aisles in the key cluster
>Here are some refined ideas for the 'Physically Impaired Navigation' issue #
>19. While keyboard controls must be clustered to reduce keyboard travel
>distance for those with diseases like MS, having controls in one large block
>is troublesome for those of us lacking fine motor control. To meet both
>needs I see the controls as a cluster of ocean islands, 2 keys together to
>say move the Link Anchor Up & Down pages with doing nothing keys besides
>them. Because keyboard rows are offset there is less chance of sliding down
>to hit incorrect keys. To take advantage of that offset it might be possible
>to put keyboard controls in 4 key vertical aisles [2 islands that abut].
>These aisles will make it easy to keep keyboard controls close to ENTER
>which will usually do get item. The 2 key island can still be used for Page
>Next & Back with Backspace as Back & the "+=" key as Next, for example.
>Unfortunately mnemonics will be lost in this layout, but the loss isn't that
>great as it is unlikely function names could be place appropriately on
>one-key controls, in any case. In about 2 weeks people get use to control
>placement especially when it has some spacial root. Pages move side ways so
>those command keys are side-by-side, Link Anchor goes up & down so keys
>should be vertical. Also browser should use a modifier key to jump Link
>Anchor 6 or 7 links. I have macros to jump 6 or 11 links in either
>direction, they greatly reduce the workload. A new command to go back to
>last link would be terrific because sometimes I get to a link & slip side
>ways, end up on a Heading. As a TV recalls a last channel the browser would
>return to the last link. Thanks for reading.
>-> "I don't need to stand to talk, to advise, & to generally make a pain in
>the ass out of myself." Dr. Stephen Franklin, "Babylon 5": 'Shadow Dancing'
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
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