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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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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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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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January 15, 2013

The Future of Accesskeys

The July 22, 2004 Working Draft of XHTML 2.0 abandons accesskey for a much more powerful and flexible access attribute that will put the user in control and allow keyboard users to define their own keystrokes.

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January 5, 2013

Everything Old is New

While the history of the web as we know it has a short timeline (when it comes to history), there is enough of a timeline now that we should be able to learn from our past mistakes. As George Santayana (1863 -1952) wrote in 1906, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“.

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