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[Fwd: Reminder: User Agent Guidelines Last Call ends Wednesday,1 December]

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 1999 08:22:48 -0500
Message-ID: <38452128.6F1E1144@w3.org>
To: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Patrick Burke wrote:
> Dear Mr. Jacobs,
> I hope writing directly to you is an appropriate form of feedback for the
> UA Guidelines.
> The one point I wanted to stress and that is not (as far as I can tell)
> addressed in the Guidelines probably best fits under:
> 9.2 Ensure that when the selection or focus changes, it is in the viewport
> after the change. [Priority 2]
> (or possibly 8.1?)
> User agents should behave uniformly when an internal anchor is activated:
> The focus (or point of regard?) should change so that the agent begins
> displaying/reading from the point of the target destination. This change
> should also be registered in the tab order, so that the "next link" command
> starts from the point of the target destination.
> To use browser examples, the behavior should follow the Netscape (3) model,
> where activating an internal anchor (such as "Chapter 8" in a table of
> contents) scrolls to the target portion of the document. The TAB key can
> then move the focus to the next available link after the target (if any are
> on the screen, e.g.: first link within Chapter 8). On the other hand,
> Internet Explorer scrolls the display to the target, but the next press of
> the TAB key takes focus back to the next link in the original tab order
> (e.g.: to the "Chapter 9" link in the table of contents).
> In short, when you launch an internal anchor, you expect focus to move (and
> stay) on that part of the document.
> This topic has been a pet peeve of many blind users for some time and has
> probably been discussed thoroughly by the UA group. However, it does not
> seem to be addressed in the guidelines, and I think it is important to
> mention in case it has escaped notice.
> Thanks to you and the entire working group for all your efforts on an
> excellent document.
> Sincerely,
> Patrick Burke

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