[access-uk] Re: Your thoughts on access keys on websites?

I never use the access keys. I find them more bother and reading clutterthan they are worth.


Iain

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From: "Jonathan" <digitaltoast@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, March 21, 2010 9:09 PM
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Subject: [access-uk] Your thoughts on access keys on websites?


I'm putting the final touches to a section of a site for blind or
partially sighted users, with the help of someone from this group who
I'm in private email exchange with, and a couple of others giving me
advice which has been invaluable.

The users themselves want to know why I wasn't using "access keys" -
keyboard navigation through pages by pressing keys on the keyboard.

The RNIB suggest access keys shouldn't be used, or if so, very
minimally: http://www.rnib.org.uk/professionals/webaccessibility/designbuild/navigation/Pages/access_tabs.aspx
When I got the RNIB to check the last site I did, they also suggested
I didn't use access keys.

A working group drafting future specifications on accessible sites
also suggest access keys aren't used. And in fact, some browsers don't
support them at all now.

However, I thought I'd let this group cast the deciding vote! The
users (well, 2 of them) say "yay", the guide says "nay"!

So what are your thoughts on access keys? And as a sub-question, if I
were to drop the idea of access keys for site navigation and just use
them for navigation of audio playlists, then I would stick the the
recommendation of numbers only. What numbers would be easiest? I was
thinking 1 for stop, 2 for play, 3 for next item (track), 4 for
previous track. All thoughts welcome!

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