[whatwg] [web-forms] Add ACCESSKEY to SELECT

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Fri Aug 13 06:58:08 PDT 2004

>>>>    Is this really needed in light of the fact that <label> supports 
>>>> |accesskey|?
>> Besides my other mail, the thing is that it is already supported, 
>> probably because page authors requested it or used it. Now would be a 
>> good time to standardize these implementations and use cases.
>    I think the biggest reason some browsers have non-standard support 
> for |accesskey| on the <select> element is that many people don't use 
> <label> to label controls, and don't use <label>'s |accesskey| instead 
> of <input>'s as recommended in the HTML 4.01 specification. Many 
> webmasters simply use pure text as a label and use |accesskey| directly 
> on the controls with no regard for whether the control element has an 
> |accesskey| attribute or not.

Like I pointed out in the other mail, by example, this isn't always 

>    It was probably a mistake making |accesskey| an attribute of <input> 
> in the first place, since <label> would otherwise be required for access 
> keys and therefore be more widely used. If anything, |accesskey| in 
> <input> should be depreciated to prevent the continuing use of labels 
> that have no semantic association to their controls.

The specification is just fine. If something should change, it would be 
the tutorials that are supposed to teach people correct markup.

(There are far to few good tutorials on the web. When I searched a local 
Google for XHTML, the first result I got was a translation of an English 
article published with MS Frontpage.)

>> Like it was done with AUTOCOMPLETE, albeit less important.
>    The |autocomplete| attribute didn't have a workaround using valid and 
> recommended HTML markup like <select accesskey=""> does.

That workaround does not apply in all cases and isn't suitable for that 

  Anne van Kesteren

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