[whatwg] Accesskey in Web Forms 2

Kai Hendry hendry at cs.helsinki.fi
Sat Jul 24 09:17:00 PDT 2004

On Sun, Jul 25, 2004 at 03:06:01 +1200, Matthew Thomas wrote:
> >>1) Users can not easily tell what the accesskeys are.
> >Their UA should do a better job of informing them.
> Agreed. (For example, four years ago I requested for Mozilla: "Where an  
> <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=56701>)

Ok you *might* be able to show them. But how is a user supposed to
remember them to really get an advantage? Accesskeys vary from site to

> >>2) Accesskeys can conflict with the UA binds.
> >Their UA should do a better job of picking a key combination to
> >activate them that doesn't interfere with their default UA binds.
> >There's lots of possible modifier keys available to a UA -
> Disagreed. Perhaps you could name some of these "lots of possible  

Yes and think about mobile device UAs. 
They are operated with one hand. :)

> necessary, the spec could even include a statement discouraging authors  
> from using the attribute.

That would be something.

To answer Jim's long term question. I hope UAs can implement mechanisms
to help users "short cut" to the most interesting or used elements of a
web application.

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