[whatwg] Drag and drop - keyboard support
ian at hixie.ch
Wed Jul 15 16:07:45 PDT 2009
On Wed, 15 Jul 2009, Remy Sharp wrote:
> I've been running quite a few tests with the Drag and Drop API, and more
> recently I was looking at creating an accessible demo of DnD.
> Plugging ARIA support wasn't a problem, but keyboard support was a no
> I tried triggering the dragstart event from the keyboard - which was
> fine, except that I couldn't get the dataTransfer object in there (it
> was null), so it meant the whole drag operation couldn't be triggered
> from the keyboard.
> Unless I'm missing something, keyboard accessibility has been overlooked
> for DnD.
The drag-and-drop model described in the HTML5 spec is input-device-
agnostic. If implementations don't support keyboard drag-and-drop (e.g.
copy-and-paste) then you should bring this up with the relevant vendors.
> I wondered if a copy and paste operation via the keyboard could be used
> to solve the keyboard DnD issue - in that coping on the :active element
> would trigger the dragstart event, and pasting from the keyboard could
> trigger the drop event on the current active element (that the user
> would tab to) (this idea was entirely inspired by Aron's post).
It's more or less what the spec says about copy-and-paste:
Ian Hickson U+1047E )\._.,--....,'``. fL
http://ln.hixie.ch/ U+263A /, _.. \ _\ ;`._ ,.
Things that are impossible just take longer. `._.-(,_..'--(,_..'`-.;.'
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