Over on the GAWDs mailing list there have been changes in the current thoughts on access keys.
Generally, it has been thought that access keys should not be used because they are too likely to conflict with existing key combinations in a user’s setup and because having different key combinations on different browsers meant that the average visitor to a site would not be willing to take the time to learn the new combination.
Recently, Gez Lemon did some work on allowing the access keys provided on a site to be configured by the user, and Rich Pedley has followed up on this by building the code into a downloadable package that can be built into any site that uses PHP.
This is very exciting stuff – it allows users to traverse multiple sites and configure them all to work the same way – a way that works for *them* the user. Good work, guys!
Accessability just got even more exciting!