The Access Keys technique


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The Access Keys technique

>> Access keys are another accessibility feature that were recommended with good intentions but have not worked well. Access key is an HTML attribute that can be assigned to links and form controls. You set a letter or a number on the link or form control in order to take the user directly there. On Windows they're activated by pressing ALT plus the access key. An exception to this is Firefox 2, which now uses ALT + Shift and then the access key.

On a Mac, you press Control plus the access key. The idea is that they can help people to navigate around the page or to frequently access pages or form fields quickly from anywhere in the site. But the problem with access keys is that they almost always interfere with other programs keyboard commands. Screen readers already use a huge number of keyboard shortcuts. The ALT key, used with access keys on Windows, is already used in many shortcuts for accessing browser menus, entering characters by their numerical key code, and other functions.

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The Access Keys technique
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The Access Keys technique provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Zoe Gillenwater as part of the Web Accessibility Principles

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