[whatwg] Accesskey in Web Forms 2

Matthew Raymond mattraymond at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 21 10:10:55 PDT 2004

Matthew Thomas wrote:
> On 21 Aug, 2004, at 8:56 AM, Matthew Raymond wrote:
>>    Oh! I just had an interesting thought:
>> <label>
 >>   Furry <accesskey>K</accesskey>ittens: <input  type="text">
 >> </label>
>>    This takes a little bit of the flexibility with regards to the
>> presentation away from the vendor, though...
> It also wouldn't work for languages such as Japanese or Chinese, where  
> entering a single kanji requires multiple keypresses. Interfaces in  
> such languages use Latin-1 accesskeys (otherwise the accesskeys would  
> be too slow to use at all), and GUIs typically present the accesskey in  
> brackets next to the native-language label.  
> <http://www.rsch.tuis.ac.jp/~sekiguch/seminar/chinese/project/1998/ 
> saru/excel/use3.html>

    It was just a thought, and it was intended to supplement the 
functionality of |accesskey|, not replace it.

    That does give me an idea for my change to the specification of 
access keys, though:

"User agents must render the value of an access key. Access keys should 
be rendered in such a way as to emphasize its role and to distinguish it 
from other characters (e.g., by underlining it). For languages where 
access keys are not characters in the user's native language, the access 
key may be rendered in brackets or parentheses before or after the label 
associated with a control."

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