[whatwg] Accesskey in Web Forms 2

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Sat Aug 28 08:01:20 PDT 2004

On Mon, 23 Aug 2004, Derek Featherstone wrote:
> I agree completely, Henri. I know we aren't talking about XHTML 2.0 
> here, but I think the mechanism they've proposed in the latest working 
> draft is much more useful and beneficial to the people that actually 
> need to establish these keyboard shortcuts. Having said that, it is my 
> understanding that HTML 5 (or whatever comes from this) will need to 
> backwards compatible - is that correct?

Yes, that is correct.

> I've written a lot on accesskeys (not sure if you've seen some of these 
> resources before, and I've only recently joined up on this list, so I'll 
> point to them. My most recent on accesskeys is "The Future of 
> Accesskeys" http://www.wats.ca/articles/thefutureofaccesskeys/66 Again 
> -- as I indicated, I know we aren't talking about XHTML 2 here, but I 
> really like their strategy. Is there anyway we might consider a scheme 
> like similar to what they have proposed? Or would it take too many 
> changes to user agents to be viable?

It's an interesting idea for documents, but I don't think it really helps 
solve the problems for applications (which is WHATWG's main concern).

Say you're writing a game (www.voidwars.com, for instance). You want a 
shortcut for "show minimap", a shortcut for "just to research screen", a 
shortcut for "select next scout ship with no orders".

How would the access attribute help?

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