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Re: accesskeys - standards for which keys do what?

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 1999 09:15:33 -0600
Message-Id: <199901281514.JAA24141@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu>
To: "B.K. DeLong" <bkdelong@naw.org>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Modifiers for Accesskeys will be dependent on the keyboard model of the
operating system and therefore would be difficult to assign a standard of
"ALT".  Even with operating systems with the "ALT" key some operating
system already assign values to some of the keys.

I think one of the major issues with Accesskeys is that the accesskey
information be rendered visually on the disaplay so people know that there
is an accesskey he available.  This could be done by underlining the
character in the label of the control or link associated with the
accesskey.  If the accesskey is not a part of the label, then the user
agent could add the letter in parenthesis after the label or link.


At 11:20 AM 1/27/99 -0500, B.K. DeLong wrote:
>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
>>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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