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Re: accesskey assignments (esp Canadian CLF)


From: Mark Rew
Date: Dec 11, 2002 7:13AM

Hi Awk,

Yes, you are right the use of a link for skip navigation is not required. I
was thinking of an internal policy.

Accesskeys can be convient, but there is a risk of conflicting with other
keyboard functions. The Web developer does not know if an application on the
client's machine has already assigned a function to a given key stroke. I
like accesskeys once I have them memorized for a given web site. In my own
development I rely on name anchors or headings for quick navigation.

One problem with headings for navigation is not all screen readers support
jumping to a heading like Jaws does.

Mark Rew.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Kirkpatrick" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 8:32 AM
Subject: Re: accesskey assignments (esp Canadian CLF)

> Mark,
> I'm probably being picky, but I don't see that a skip navigation link is
> required. There needs to be a method to skip navigation links, not
> necessarily a link to skip navigation links:
> 1194.22(o) A method shall be provided that permits users to skip repetitive
> navigation links.
> A skip navigation link is currently the most universal method to accomplish
> this, but the use of html headers or even frames would qualify.
> The described strategy for using accesskeys on the Canadian sites would
> still work with skip nav links, but I tend to side with the people who say
> accesskey is not too useful due to a profound shortage of available and
> non-conflicting keys.
> Open question: is there any data (even anecdotal) that indicates that users
> feel that accesskeys are beneficial?
> On 12/11/02 7:28 AM, "Mark Rew" < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> > Does the
> > standards that the Canadian Government are using allow for accesskeys? In
> > US we use the Section 508 1104.22 standard for Web sites which requires a
> > navigation link.
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