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Re: Problem with tabbing, accessiblity

From: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2003 22:11:23 +0200
To: W3C Validator <www-validator@w3.org>
cc: Mary Ellen Curtin <mecurtin@alumni.princeton.edu>
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Mary Ellen Curtin <mecurtin@alumni.princeton.edu> wrote:

>On the main validator page http://validator.w3.org/
>I easily tab to "Local File" and thence to "Browse". But if I then press
>Enter, expecting to get a "Choose File" window, instead the cursor ends
>up at "Validate" and I find myself at the "undefined URI" page.

Use the spacebar to activate the "Browse…" control. This is a User Agent
specific issue, BTW, and MSIE:win happens to do it that way. Other User Agents
will likely use a different method.

>On the Accesskey page http://validator.w3.org/accesskeys.html
>it says: "The following accesskeys are implemented throughout the
>site in an attempt to help users using screen-readers."
>Don't limit yourselves! I have repetitive-strain issues that make me
>prefer keyboarding if at all possible, and I use Accesskeys whenever I

Well, the fact of the matter is that we're not doing all that great on
Accessibility, so it's actually more or less correct that we are currently
limited to dealing with the most pressing issues for users using screen
readers and only as they're reported to us. We have plans to do this right at
some point, but there is so much else that needs to be in place before that's

That said, we do of course take Accessibility issues (big or small) very
seriously! If you notice any such issue please do let us know and if at all
possible we will give high priority to remedy the situation. Even if it cannot
be fixed right there and then, at least we'll be aware of it so it gets taken
into account when we do have an opportunity to address the issue.

Issues can be sent to this list or reported directly into our bug database at
<http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/> if you feel comfortable doing so (Bugzilla
isn't really "user friendly").

>Besides, I can move around faster using keyboard commands than most
>users can with a mouse.

Ditto; and I suspect using the keyboard almost exclusively is a major reason
why I'm _not_ sufering from any kind of RSI-ish problems.

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