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Re: JavaScript library for display and customization of keyboard shortcuts?

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From: Robert Fentress
Date: Oct 30, 2015 7:05AM


How about two simple key commands to navigate to next/previous named
landmark regions, rather than specific, separate ones for every landmark?
For instance, based on John Foliot's list
<http://john.foliot.ca/accesskeys-and-reserved-keystroke-combinations/>;, *Alt
+ [* and *Alt + ] *are not taken. These could be mapped to, alternately,
previous and next landmarks. Or perhaps *Alt + Shift + [* would be better
for previous landmark--I don't know. They make sense mnemonically, since
they are "bracketing off" sections of content, and so should be easy to
remember. Just these two keyboard shortcuts, I think would be very
helpful. You'd still want them to be customizable, but these defaults
would be very simple and useful.

Best,
Rob

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 8:35 AM, Brian Lovely < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Rob,
>
> The Aegis project has keyboard shortcuts, but they are baked in. jQuery UI
> does not appear to fully support accessibility and keyboard shortcuts at
> this time (assuming date picker to be typical of all widgets).
> http://wiki.jqueryui.com/w/page/12137778/Datepicker <
> http://wiki.jqueryui.com/w/page/12137778/Datepicker>;
>
>
> Brian Lovely
> <EMAIL REMOVED>
>
>
>
> > On Oct 30, 2015, at 8:20 AM, Robert Fentress < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> >
> > _mallory, you have expressed well my intent here. Screen reader users
> > have a lot of great affordances, but straight-up keyboarders, not so
> much.
> > On pages with lots of tab stops, this is a pain. Perhaps the keyboard
> > shortcuts should be off by default to avoid conflicts with other AT, but
> I
> > do think providing customizable hotkeys as an easily-enabled affordance
> > could provide great value.
> >
> > Jennifer, thanks for the info. I had seen Marcy Sutton's slides, but
> > didn't know there was a recording of her presentation, so that is
> helpful.
> >
> > Asa, thanks for the link to MouseTrap.
> >
> > Brian, I wonder if the accessibility enhancements in Aegis have since
> been
> > folded into jQueryUI core. I thought they had, but I haven't really
> > checked. Is there something in there that provides a customizable
> keyboard
> > shortcut tool?
> >
> > Best,
> > Rob
> >
> > On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 4:54 AM, _mallory < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> wrote:
> >
> >> On Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 11:41:37AM -0700, Jennifer Sutton wrote:
> >>> And my larger question would be, why is this idea under consideration?
> >>>
> >>> Aren't we getting into the territory of possible keyboard conflicts
> >>> with screen reader and browser keyboard controls? And the issues of
> >>> people having to learn something new that only applies to a
> >>> particular site?
> >>
> >> I think such an idea could have merit for:
> >>
> >> 1. non-SR-using keyboarders (and other keyboard-oriented users via
> things
> >> like switches, Dragon, whatever) who for example cannot navigate around
> >> by aria-thingies and, at least without any AT, are at the mercy of the
> >> Thousand Tabs of Death
> >>
> >> 2. and then actually only useful for sites that are large, often-
> >> revisited sites/apps like Gmail. There are javascripted keyboard
> >> shortcuts in Gmail but I still have a lot of trouble moving around
> >> big sections so I dunno what I'm missing, and if this were a library
> >> where the user could set their own keystrokes, what this could allow
> >> is users who've already put time and effort learning another similar
> >> app (let's say a very awesome mail client like mutt) could put their
> >> investment to use on this other site. Again, it would only make sense
> >> on things like news sites, mail apps, maybe stuff like Twitter-- the
> >> kinds of sites that you notice often already have a bunch of
> javascripted
> >> keyboard shortcuts hidden behind a "?" key already, because people
> >> revisit them. I actually don't see it being useful for a shop, even
> >> if people visit the shop often, it's not such a daily thing as mail or
> >> news.
> >>
> >> I don't see anything like this necessarily being useful for SR-users
> >> as they have a nice set of navigation keystrokes available to them,
> >> and as you mention, they have more possibility for conflicts.
> >>
> >> What I'd much rather want to see is more basic keyboard stuff
> >> integrated into browsers, such as possibly giving non-SR browser
> >> users the ability to at least navigate via [aria] roles, or by
> >> HTML type (like quick keys for Tables, Forms, etc). But since that's
> >> never going to come, a steaming pile of JS on every large site/app
> >> might be the distant-but-best-shot number 2.
> >>
> >> _mallory
> >> > >> > >> > >> > >>
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Robert Fentress
> > Senior Accessibility Solutions Designer
> > 540.231.1255
> >
> > Technology-enhanced Learning & Online Strategies
> > Assistive Technologies
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> > > > > > > > >
> > > > >



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540.231.1255

Technology-enhanced Learning & Online Strategies
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