RE: closing a Tab?


better to have a standardized hotkey for closing tab. As a concept we
tend to keep tab chains short.


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Sent: Freitag, 29. Februar 2008 17:32
To: Becky Gibson;
Subject: Re: closing a Tab?

Why can't the close icon be in tab order and the icon can also be part
of the label for the tab.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 15:35:21 -0500
>From: "Becky Gibson" <>  
>Subject: Re: closing a Tab?  
>I implemented a context menu for closable tabs in the dojo tab
>See the second tab panel example on [1]. The tabs with title "first"
>"third" are closable. Pressing shift-F10 with focus on these tabs will 
>bring up a context menu with "close".  If a tab is closable, pressing
>delete key with focus on the title will delete the tab.  I thought this
>what the style guide group had decided upon?  Although it would be nice
>there was a way to indicate to the screen reader user that a tab (or
>other item) was deletable without having the use the shift-F10
>I based my implementation decision on the  DHTML Style Guide June 29,
>meeting minutes [2]: 
>TW: options other than DELETE - CTRL+F4 a possibility, have
>to get comments on that - what we are saying is context menu and
>shortcut combo fine - great if had property so didn't have to use
>menu, but maybe that's phase 2
>So perhaps we made a decision but just didn't record it in the style 
>Becky Gibson
>Web Accessibility Architect
>IBM Emerging Internet Technologies
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> wrote on 02/28/2008 03:06:06 PM:
>> In the Best Practices we have a dangling question:
>> <quote
>> cite="">
>> Unresolved at time of port from DHTML wiki: How to indicate that a 
>> tab panel can be deleted? Visually a close icon can be provided in 
>> the upper right hand corner of the tab which the user can click on to

>> delete the tab panel. Putting this close icon in the navigation 
>> sequence would make extra navigation. Is there some way to indicate 
>> to a non-visual user that a tab panel can be deleted with a defined 
>> keystroke? Perhaps we can capture ctrl-w (the key used in Firefox and

>> IE 7) to close a tab? T * here is still the issue of the user knowing

>> that the tab is closable or not. Another option is to provide a 
>> context menu. With focus on the tab title the user would press shift-

>> F10 to invoke a context menu - the context menu would have the close 
>> option. In both of these cases if the tab can not be closed, it still

>> needs to capture the keystroke so that it doesn't get bubbled up and 
>> handled by the browser. Retrieved from " 
>> styleguide/index.php?title=Tab_Panel"
>> </quote>
>> Don,
>> Could you get this on the agenda for the Style
>> Guide Group to suggest a preferred user experience?
>> Al
>> /satisfying ACTION-101
>> PS:  I didn't immediately find an answer at
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