Access Key Rules

HTML Markup Details

accesskey attribute
accesskey attribute can be defined on the following HTML elements: a, area, button, input, label, legend, and textarea.

Accessibility Evaluation Rules

no. Testing Description Implementation
FAE Firefox
1 Warning/Pass

accesskey attribute values should be unique.

1.0 1.5
2 Pass/Check

accesskey attribute values should not interfere with Microsoft Internet Explorer menu shortcuts.

Implementation Notes

  • The menu shortcuts for the English version of Internet Explorer 7 are: A, E, F, H, T and V.
  • Other major browsers either have browser menu shortcuts that do not interfere with implementation of access keys (Opera, Firefox), or do not support acceess keys at all (Apple Safari).

FAE Rule Implemetation

Illinois Functional Accessibility Evaluator 1.0
The Illinois Functional Accessibility Evaluator is a web based tool to help developers evaluate web resources for the use of the iCITA HTML best practices.
Web interface cannot currently analyze content generated dynamically with javascript.
Illinois Firefox Accessibility Extension
The Illinois Firefox Accessibility Extension is a Firefox add-in that is designed to identify accessibility features for both static and dynamically generated html content.
Useful for identifying the location of specific accessibility problems for failures and warnings indentified in FAE reports.
Create FAE reports for a page that uses javascript to generate page content with the FAE DHTML Report feature.