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Last modified 7 months ago

#149 new task

Forums should expose accesskeys

Reported by: Daedalon Owned by:
Priority: lowest Component: Support Forums
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Description

Migrated, but modified from #wp23072.

The forums have various accesskeys available, but they aren't exposed in any way. Proposed in #wp23072 is adding information on accesskeys to the title tag. We agreed that wouldn't be ideal, but not sure what would be. We could use feedback from the a11y team.

Change History (2)

comment:1 samuelsidler8 months ago

  • Reporter changed from samuelsidler to Daedalon

comment:2 in reply to: ↑ description accessiblejoe7 months ago

Replying to Daedalon:

Migrated, but modified from #wp23072.

The forums have various accesskeys available, but they aren't exposed in any way. Proposed in #wp23072 is adding information on accesskeys to the title tag. We agreed that wouldn't be ideal, but not sure what would be. We could use feedback from the a11y team.

TL;DR = don't use accesskeys.

It is commonly thought that accesskeys conflict with screen reader functions, they do not, screen reader key combinations take precedence, negating accesskeys. WindowEyes disallows numerical accesskeys. There are conflicts with some user agents, IE implements them differently. Naturally. Opera requires an additional key combination, etc.

The more interesting question is how to inform the user that accesskeys are in effect. There is some benefit for users who need them but even if they've figured out they exist they still have to be savvy enough to invoke workaround key combinations, partially negating the benefit.

See also #wp24766 Title attributes galore. They serve no useful purpose.

Last edited 7 months ago by SergeyBiryukov (previous) (diff)
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