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Re: WebAIM Discussion List Digest 25.06.2004.


From: Jon Gunderson
Date: Jun 29, 2004 8:07AM

Here is an example otf a website that supports enabling and
disabling acceskeys.



---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 01:35:55 +0100
>From: "chris.price"
>Subject: Re: [WebAIM] WebAIM Discussion List Digest 25.06.2004.
>To: "WebAIM Discussion List"
>Providing access keys is not a straightforward accessibility
>For one, there is some debate as to whether they are useful
or not.
>Not all browsers support them and the use of letters can be
>Also, in your guide to access keys your instruction is to
press alt+ whereas
>on the Mac you press control+.
>Is the link in the top left a permanent fixture? If so, its a
bit too
>prominent. After all, your site is about a community not web
>Likewise, the heading Navigation makes the page a little
mechanic. Why are
>NEWS and EVENTS navigation when HOME and LEISURE aren't.
>Talking of headings, you haven't got any on the home page.
That's an
>important accessibility issue as it gives the page structure.
>The titles on your 2 topic links are wasting my time telling
me something
>that's totally obvious. If you want to tell your visitor
they're links you
>could just underline them.
>As well as accessibility, have you considered usability
issues such as: when
>your in Leisure, the LEISURE button's behaviour changes. Once
I'm in
>Leisure, there are no clues as to where I am.
>Jakob Neilsen's alertbox is excellent for tips on usability.
>I found
>fs/en?CONTENT_ID=4000092&chk=XHiT3L worth looking at re:
access keys and
>accessibility in general.
>If you're serious about XHTML you might want to try building
to XHTML strict
>if only because it makes you disciplined in your coding.
>Good look with the site, its got a good feel about it.
>Chris Price
>Choctaw Media Ltd
>On 28/6/04 11:35 pm, "paul.creedy"
>> I've just started my first attempt at CSS layout with
XHTML. I've also tried
>> to add accesskeys to the common menu items.
>> It was hard going at first and XHTML gave me loads of
errors which I think
>> I've now identified. Next I want to improve accessibility.
>> I'd welcome any suggestions on improving it's accessibility.
>> The site is here at the moment:
>> Paul Creedy
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