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Re: web access keys


From: Patrick H. Lauke
Date: Aug 15, 2005 8:40PM

Glen Bracegirdle wrote:

> I was just wondering is there a way to make the access
> key take the person to the page without them having to
> press Enter to go to the link.

Note that some browsers like Firefox actually do activate links
instantly, rather than just setting the focus on them.

However, merely setting the focus is the default behaviour in browsers
such as IE. You should not attempt to break the browser's default
behaviour, as breaking convention goes against the user's expectations.

In short: don't do it (IMHO of course)

Patrick H. Lauke