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Re: Standardization of Keyboard Shortcuts


From: Steve Faulkner
Date: Jun 27, 2012 7:36AM

Hi tim

the common keystroke for links in browsers is the enter key.
the common keystrokes for buttons is the enter and space keys.

AT that announce keyboard interaction hints, JAWS for example, will
announce the presence of a button and indicate to use the spacebar to
activate it.
So users expect to be able to use the space key to activate a button.



On 27 June 2012 13:42, Tim Harshbarger
< <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> I have a question, but the best way I can think of to ask the question is
> to explain the situation first.
> We have a browser-based user interface. Evidently, the only way to
> activate links or buttons in this interface (via the keyboard) is to press
> the spacebar. However, typically in the browser being used, it is the
> enter key that activates links and buttons.
> This is definitely a usability problem. However, I am looking for
> information in WCAG or other standards that might point this out to be an
> accessibility problem.
> Any help is appreciated.
> Thanks!
> Tim
> Tim Harshbarger
> Accessible Technology Services
> > > >

with regards

Steve Faulkner
Technical Director - TPG

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