RE: closing a Tab?

The recommendation from the DHTML Style Group was:

alt-del - When deletion is allowed, with focus anywhere within the tab
panel, pressing alt-del will delete the current tab and tab panel from
the tabbed interface control. If additional tabs remain in the tabbed
interface, focus goes to the next tab in the tab list. An alternative to
providing a keystroke to close a tab is to provide a context menu that
is associated with the tab title. When focus is on the tab, pressing
shift-F10 or pressing the right mouse button will open a context menu
with the close choice 

I have added the recommendation for Shift-F10...


-----Original Message-----
From: [] On
Behalf Of Becky Gibson
Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 3:35 PM
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" and
"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
the delete key with focus on the title will delete the tab.  I thought
this is what the style guide group had decided upon?  Although it would
be nice if there was a way to indicate to the screen reader user that a
tab (or any other item) was deletable without having the use the
shift-F10 discovery mechanism. 

I based my implementation decision on the  DHTML Style Guide June 29,
2007 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 keyboard
shortcut combo fine - great if had property so didn't have to use
context menu, but maybe that's phase 2 So perhaps we made a decision but
just didn't record it in the style guide?

Becky Gibson
Web Accessibility Architect
IBM Emerging Internet Technologies
5 Technology Park Drive
Westford, MA 01886
Voice: 978 399-6101; t/l 333-6101
blog: WebA11y 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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