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Re: Tabbing issue


From: Jeff Isom
Date: Jul 16, 2001 8:25PM


That is a great question. I've played around a lot with Flash and haven't come up with a good solution to the problem. It seems to me that it would be fairly simple for Macromedia to build that functionality into the Flash player, but they haven't done it yet. Maybe a little encouragement from the developer community would help.

I'll be anxiously awaiting the responses of others on the list. Hopefully someone has come up with a good solution.

----- Original Message -----
From: Carol MacGregor
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2001 8:18 AM
Subject: Tabbing issue

One accessibility issue I have been trying to overcome involves users relying on keyboards to navigate a site - tabbing entirely through a site without using a mouse at all. I had been experiencing difficulty tabbing through pages where flash was present - once I tabbed into the flash movie, I found it impossible to tab out of it and back onto the main body of the page.
One way around that problem is to add a TABINDEX value into every HREF on the page, then a small piece of javascript on the last link, to bring the first link back into focus.
Does anyone know another way around this - is there anything that can be added into the flash movie to allow tabbing outside it, for example?
Carol McGregor
HTML Author
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