[whatwg] Accesskey in Web Forms 2

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sat Aug 21 16:31:00 PDT 2004

On Sat, 24 Jul 2004, Kai Hendry wrote:
> I suggest removing the accesskey attribute. :)

Since that would make existing valid HTML4 applications invalid, we can't 
really do that. However:

> 1) Users can not easily tell what the accesskeys are.
> 2) Accesskeys can conflict with the UA binds.

I agree that we should address these.

I think UAs should automatically highlight the accesskey (or add it in 
brackets if it isn't already in the string). I am thinking of writing some 
text -- optional, of course, since this wouldn't apply to all UAs or all 
platforms -- that specifies this.

I also think that there should be an accesskey value which is basically 
"auto", and which picks a non-clashing access key based on the element 

What do people think? Would these two solutions be workable?

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