While for the most part access keys are used for allowing users who can’t use mouse to browse a website easily, they can make your website easier for others also by allowing them quickly to access favorite pages inside the opened website.

Why should I use Access Keys?

You should use access keys and link title labels and this is the why:

  • Use it for more accessibility. You can normally read the links, but there are users who can’t and these labels are very important for their experience.
  • Give to the users privacy and capability to read. Once used to use the access keys, users will use it without listening them again with their screen readers.
  • Rank better on browsers. Be the SEO master!
  • Improve technology for better. Be ready. Be the one.
  • Be an example for the society, marketing buddies, developers and designers.

Use Access Keys!

Browsers implement different Access Key shortcuts. The following is a list of browser’s access key combinations. Check them out!

  • Windows/Linux. Firefox 2.0+: Hold down the Alt Key and the Shift key, and press the access key.
  • 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.
  • Windows. Internet Explorer 4Firefox 1.0Mozilla and Netscape 7+: Hold down the Alt key and press the number or letter of the access key.
  • Mac OS X. FirefoxMozillaNetscape 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.
  • Mac Internet Explorer 4.5 and on all platforms Netscape version 6 and earlier: Access keys are unsupported.

Juan Manuel Jacinto

Head of UX/UI & IxD and Founder of Brailling: a launcher for Android, which is included in the industry of mobile accessibility and telephony.