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 4, Firefox 1.0, Mozilla and Netscape 7+: Hold down the Alt key and press the number or letter of the access key.
- 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.
- Mac Internet Explorer 4.5 and on all platforms Netscape version 6 and earlier: Access keys are unsupported.