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

Matthew Raymond mattraymond at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 25 19:43:43 PDT 2004

James Graham wrote:
> In my opinion, the problems with accesskeys are entirely with the 
> implementations (although the HTML 4 spec may be a little limited in 
> scope). Having a good implementation of accesskeys doesn't add to 
> marketshare so little time is spent producing an innovative solution to 
> the problems. Since any spec is unlikely to make people switch browsers 
> based on the quality of their accesskey implementation, this situation 
> is unlikely to change with either XHTML 2 or Web Forms.

    I agree. What's the point of |access| when you can just design the 
UA to bind user-defined shortcuts to an element's |id|? The problem 
isn't access keys or how they're specified. The problem is that UA 
vendors have failed to provide a reasonable way to use access keys 

    Personally, I like the idea of a shortcut (like Ctrl-"+") that acts 
as the invocation of access keys in place of Alt. The user agents could 
even make it user defined. It's a little slow, though, so if someone has 
a faster method, I'm all ears.

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