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How to determine keys used in Javascript functions of Web applications

From: Catherine Laws <claws@us.ibm.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 17:39:58 -0600
To: WAU-ua <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
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I confirmed with Aaron that keys which are made "active" by Web 2.0
Javascript functions (using onkeypress/onkeydown handlers, usually) are not
exposed as accesskeys or through the DOM. Usually they are standard
navigation keys (like arrows, Tab, spacebar, etc) used for navigating
similar controls in dialogs, menus, and views. If not standard keys, the
author of the Web application needs to document the keys in the help for
the application. Documenting unique Web application keys should be a WCAG
requirement, not UAAG.

Cathy Laws

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