Category: Web Accessibility

January 15, 2013

Cool URLs Don’t Change

Even before Christian Heilmann (@codepo8) fired off his second tweet, I knew I had been caught: caught breaking one of the fundamental rules of the web-as-an-archive: Cool URLs Don’t Change.

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January 15, 2013

Accesskeys and Reserved Keystroke Combinations

In a non-scientific study conducted in the summer of 2002, we researched the availability of available Accesskeys which had not already been reserved by various other software technologies which might be employed by various users. The results indicated a real problem in that most ALT + __ keystroke combinations (assuming the Windows operating platform) have already been reserved by one type of application or another.

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[WATS.ca Archived]

January 15, 2013

Link Relationships as an Alternative to Accesskeys

We like the concept of accesskeys providing quick keystroke access to various parts of a particular site. However, we also believe that given their standardization and implementation problems, we need a more robust method for providing the functionality.

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[WATS.ca Archived]

January 15, 2013

More reasons why we don’t use accesskeys

The topic of accesskeys regularly appears on mailing lists, forums, and other arenas. Developers ask what the concensus is, and the answer is — there isn’t one. We believe that the functionality accesskeys provide is worthwhile, but their implementation and standardization leave something to be desired.

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[WATS.ca Archived]

January 15, 2013

Using Accesskeys – Is it worth it?

In a non-scientific study conducted in the summer of 2002, we researched the availability of available Accesskeys which had not already been reserved by various other adaptive technologies, such as JAWS and IBM’s HomePageReader, a popular screen reading web browser, which has built in keystroke shortcuts for going into different modes.

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