[whatwg] Accesskey in Web Forms 2
Hallvord Reiar Michaelsen Steen
hallvors at online.no
Sat Jul 24 13:55:34 PDT 2004
On 24 Jul 2004 at 19:59, Jim Ley wrote:
> I don't believe ALT+SHIFT or CTRL+SHIFT are used on windows either.
Alt+Shift is used by Windows to switch keyboard layout. If this
option is enabled in Windows, a program can not capture these keys
and prevent the default action.
Many browsers (inspired by Opera! :-)!! ) use ctrl-shift to indicate
that the result of whatever you are doing should go to a new
background window. (For Opera, that covers clicking links, form
submissions, menu commands that cause new windows, "Go to URL" in the
right-click menu, and should cover triggering something with an
Funny you mention Esc, since Opera uses [Shift-Esc] to toggle to
accesskey mode. It is way too inconvenient to type, but could perhaps
be developed into a general switch (with some UI indication) of
whether the web page/web application in the browser or the browser's
own UI has input focus.
I think there aren't any convincing implementations of accesskey so
far, and I'd much rather learn keystrokes that are consistent across
websites except for the few websites I work with on a daily basis. It
would be quite something if a UA would let you customize your own
accesskeys for elements in a website and remember them :-)
The suggestion of :accesskey pseudo-class for CSS3 was intriguing.
Otherwise accesskey is somewhat stillborn. I don't think we should
say anything about it in the spec at this point - if someone picks up
the :accesskey idea for styling the concept may still be rescuable..
Hallvord R. M. Steen
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