The following Access Keys can be used for navigation, and follow the patterns set by the UK Government.
|Access Key||Anthology of Ideas||UK Government|
|0||Access Keys and Accessibility Standards||Access Keys|
|1||Home Page||Home Page|
|3||Site Map||Site Map|
|8||None||Terms and Conditions|
|S||Skip Naviation||Skip Navigation|
What features does this site incorporate to ensure accessibility?
- Relative font sizes to ensure an attractive design even for users who need large fonts.
- No harsh color schemes.
- Content is served directly after required navigational menus. This allows screen readers to get to the main content of a page.
- Images are used as part of the design but are not used as as content nor are they essential.
- This website uses summaries and titles to ensure that proper context is relaid.
- Design is attractive and valid for all major browsers.
- A separate style sheets are used for printing, small media (such as PDAs and Cell Phones), and screen readers.
- “Skip to” links are provided where they may be useful.
Why should you care about accessibility?
This doesn’t mean your design has to be boring nor do you have to ensure that everyone sees it the same way; however, it does mean that when designing you should consider who your users might be and try to design your website in such a way that the majority of it is usable.
How do I use Access Keys?
Different browsers implement Access Key shortcuts differently. The following is a list of browser access key key combinations.
- On Windows and Linux. Firefox 2.0+: Hold down the Alt Key and the Shift key, and press the access key.
- On Windows. Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the Alt key, and press the number or letter of the access key. Release both keys and press Enter.
- On Windows. Internet Explorer 4, Firefox 1.0, Mozilla and Netscape 7+: Hold down the Alt key and press the number or letter of the access key.
- On Mac OS X. Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 7+, Internet Explorer 5+, Safari and Omniweb: Hold down the Ctrl key and press the number or letter of the access key.
- Konqueror: Press and release the Ctrl key, then press the number or letter of the access key.
- On the Mac Internet Explorer 4.5 and on all platforms Netscape version 6 and earlier: Access keys are unsupported.