[whatwg] Accesskey in Web Forms 2
mjs at apple.com
Mon Sep 20 16:37:40 PDT 2004
On Mac OS X, there is no native convention for highlighting an access
key in a label string. In particular, the Windows convention of
underlining is not followed, and there is no alternate similar
convention. Mac OS X does not have access keys for individual controls
in the native UI, nor does it decorate individual characters in a label
string for any reason.
In brief, I think any requirement to render the access key in a label
in a special way would be inconsistent with Macintosh UI. And I do not
think the spec should require things that are inconsistent with the UI
of particular platforms.
On Aug 21, 2004, at 4:53 PM, Matthew Raymond wrote:
> I I don't think RENDERING of the access key should be optional. The
> vendor may implement rendering access keys as they see fit, but the
> user must have an immediate, obvious method of finding these keys
> without going through a set of menus or some similar obscuring
> nonsense. Here's the text I have for this currently:
> "User agents must render the value of an access key. Access keys
> should be rendered in such a way as to emphasize its role and to
> distinguish it from other characters (e.g., by underlining it).
> Vendors should make every attempt to render access keys in a way that
> is consistent with the native operating system or platform UI
> conventions. In cases where the access key is not contained in the
> label text, the access key may, if native conventions permit, be
> rendered in brackets or parentheses before or after the label
> associated with a control."
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