of interest to us all:Fw: Updated Mozilla Keyboard Navigation spec.

  • From: "david poehlman" <david.poehlman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "jfw users email list" <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 09:34:40 -0500

I'm posting this here because people need to follow it.  I encourage those 
who can and will to look over the specification and discuss as directed in 
the note below.  This is the time to make great strides in at least one area 
of accessibility and your help with feedback to the instructed conduit is 
much appreciated.
Johnnie Apple Seed

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Korn" <Peter.Korn@xxxxxxx>
To: <mozilla-accessibility@xxxxxxxxxxx>; 
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 2:58 AM
Subject: Updated Mozilla Keyboard Navigation spec.


After reviewing the many hundreds of comments and messages generated by the
first Mozilla/Gecko Keyboard Navigation Proposal, I'm pleased to announced 
second draft is available for review, at:


After the huge volume of feedback, we carefully re-thought a number of 
and especially took to heart the frequent request for configurability.  To
that end we have decided to prune some of the commands from this second 
to cover only "core" navigation to be implemented directly in C in Gecko.
Configurability is most easily done in JavaScript extensions, and that is
where we feel all of the "item navigation" work is best done.  This is also
where much of the "specialized for specific accessibility needs" navigation
falls as well - blind users for example finding good table item navigation
particularly important where a general keyboard user wouldn't benefit as 

Sun plans to implement all of the specific keyboard navigation items 
in the specification (with exceptions clearly noted).  We believe that item
navigation is important, but we don't propose to implement that 
immeidately -
both because there is yet no clear concensus as to how it should be done, 
because we feel that it is urgent that we have "core keyboard navigation"
working well as quickly as possible.

Sun's Mozilla engineering team has been posting source tarballs of Mozilla
periodically containing all of Sun's changes to a Mozilla 1.7 branch, where
our work is taking place toward a release we are working on.  This second
draft notes which portions of the keyboard navigation proposal are 
in Mozilla trunk, which have thus far only be implemented in the Sun Mozilla
1.7 branch, and which have yet to be implemented anywhere.

I encourage you to review this draft, and send your comments again only to
<mozilla-accessibility@xxxxxxxxxxx>.  I also encourage you to try those
portions of the keyboad navigation proposal which have been implemented. 
can see Sun's most recent Mozilla 1.7 branch tarball at:


Peter Korn
Sun Accessibility team

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