[whatwg] On accessibility
lachlan.hunt at lachy.id.au
Wed Jun 14 18:09:43 PDT 2006
Simon Pieters wrote:
> I've spoken to a person who is blind about HTML5 and accessibility. I
> thought I'd send some of his thoughts to the list.
> He also says that he accesskeys shouldn't be dropped.
Accesskey implementations need to be seriously improved if they are to
be retained. There's significant evidence to show that there are very
few, if any, safe keys available which don't clash with existing
shortcut keys in browsers.
If implementations can be modified so that accesskeys do not interfere
with existing shortcut keys, then that's great. Perhaps they could
offer a kind of web-apps mode where all Alt+[key] combinations are safe
to be used by the web page, and then another mode where they retain
their normal browser functions. But until something like that happens
and proves successful, accesskeys should not be retained.
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