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Re: Keyboard support for user agent functionalities for Netscape products for Windows, UNIX and Macintosh

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 02 Nov 1999 16:46:50 -0600
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To: "Gregory J. Rosmaita" <unagi69@concentric.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Thanks Gregory.  We need to add functions related to help.

At 04:46 PM 11/2/99 -0500, you wrote:
>aloha, jon!
>one thing that wasn't addressed in keren's otherwise excellent report was
>keyboard accessibility of the NetHelp (Netscape Help) system...
>i'm using Navigator 4.08, and i can't actually get to the links contained
>within help pages using the keyboard (at least not by using the TAB key) -- i
>can, however, move through the items listed in the "Content Frame" (as JFW
>announced the frame), but can only activate them by routing the JAWS cursor to
>the PC cursor and double-clicking on the link using JFW's left mouse emulation
>key (pressing ENTER does nothing, as far as i can tell)
>sometimes, when cycling through the "Content Frame" using the TAB key, i am
>taken from the last link in the "Content Frame" to the first graphical link in
>the "Header Frame", in which there are several unlabeled graphics, but
>sometimes, i just cycle back through the "Contents Frame"
>as for the help itself, i have to move to that area of the screen with the 
>(speech) cursor, and review the contents of the help file line by line, as JFW
>cannot read the contents of the help file using the standard
>read-to-end-of-document command...
>when the report stabilizes, would it be possible to generate a non-table-ized
>(linear) version?  if this is too much to ask your student, i would gladly
>volunteer to transform the finalized table to a linearized list -- something
>which a great many people would find quite useful...
>At 01:59 PM 11/2/99 -0600, Jon wrote:
> >Keren Moses, a graduate assistant here at UIUC, put together an initial
> >table of important keyboard functionalities for Netscape navigator for
> >Windows, UNIX and the Macintosh products.  I would like to continue to
> >develop this resource for use by Lakespur and the techniques document.
> >Please review and comment on the accuracy of the information and other
> >important keyboard support that we would recommend to Lakespur and can use
> >in the UA techniques document.
> >
> >http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/netscape-keyboard.html
> >
> >One important issues is that in the UNIX and Macintosh versions, Keren only
> >observed that the TAB key moved the focus between text edit boxes, no other
> >active elements could be accessed via the keyboard.
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Jon
>He that lives on Hope, dies farting
>      -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
>Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
>    WebMaster and Minister of Propaganda, VICUG NYC
>         <http://www.hicom.net/~oedipus/vicug/index.html>

Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Chair, W3C WAI User Agent Working Group
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
College of Applied Life Studies
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