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Re: accesskeys - standards for which keys do what?

From: B.K. DeLong <bkdelong@naw.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 11:20:17 -0500
Message-Id: <4.1.19990127110722.028d3a70@pop.ultranet.com>
To: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
At 03:58 PM 1/27/99 +0000, Chris Croome wrote:
>Are there any standard access keys assignments? E.g. Alt-S for search or
>whatever? And if not is there a danger that every site will have a different 
>of keys for people to learn?

At this point, Internet Explorer is the only browser that has some
implementation of ACCESSKEY. It appears they implemented it for elements A,
BUTTON, INPUT, LABEL and TEXTAREA in IE4.0 and elements AREA and LEGEND in

According to the HTML 4.0 recommendation, there are no "standard accesskeys."

Your best bet is to check with Microsoft and ask them for a list of all IE
Alt-key assignments. The Mozilla Project has their NGLayout/Gecko team
currently working on an implementation for accesskey:

>On reflection it was silly to set Alt-H to anything as it will prevent the
>menu in the browser being accessed...

Somewhere it would be helpful to keep an index of ALT-key functions for
some of the major browsers.

Good comments- thanks for bringing this to light.
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