Keyboard Shortcuts broken in Firefox 2

In Firefox2 my shortcut keys stopped working. This fact is very frustrating because I make and use keyboard shortcuts for navigating and jumping quickly with “double key-press” such as “alt+m” = messages “alt+h” = “home” “alt+s” = sales “alt+r” = refresh etc.

alt+shortcut-key

It is easy very easy and simple to make these shortcuts when developing web pages because HTML supports shortcuts through the “accesskey=” directive for links and other interface elements.

The way “accesskey=” is done for links is to create the link using the standard opening and then add the

accesskey="x"

within the element’s definition. So the definition of a link becomes <a~accesskey=”o” href=”linkname”>

In searching for a solution to my suddenly broken keyboard shortcuts mystery, my no longer functioning accesskeys. I noticed there were new features in Firefox2 (FF2) and Internet Explorer7 (IE7) for accessing the respective browser’s menu items. Suddenly the realization hit me, Oh duh – that’s it!, the accesskeys in these version of these browsers are now accessing the browser menus. What should be parsed to access page features is now parsed by the browser for internal browser use, rather than being passed to the webpage for website user access.

I understand the browser developers wanting to make life good for the browser feature access but what about us website developers and users? We do not want Firefox nor Internet Explorer to get in our way when we are browsing.
I want my browser to be as invisible as possible and I wish to have my browsing keyboard take me to my shortcuts immediately without a fight. In fact I typically make my browser”hidden” by going full screen and I do not want to see menus or anything when browsing.
The way accesskeys works is explained by w3.org

<a accesskey="x" accesskey = character [CN]

Which states ‘Pressing an accesskey assigned to an element gives focus to the element. The action that occurs when an element receives focus depends on the element. For example, when a user activates a link defined by the A element, the user agent generally follows the link. When a user activates a radio button, the user agent changes the value of the radio button. When the user activates a text field, it allows input, etc.’

The accesskey attribute works with: A, AREA, BUTTON, INPUT, LABEL, LEDGEND and TEXTAREA elements.

So what is the solution, the work around? I could not find a solution or fix documented anywhere. I tried some alternatives keypress keyboard sequences to access my accesskeys. In trying different things I learned that Firefox2 “accesskeys” can be accessed by pressing a “modifier” such as

 ctl

or

 alt

or

 option

on an Apple Mac.

With the modifier key press I found that my individual accesskey= can be accessed by pressing the ctrl+alt+m ctrl+alt+h atrl+alt+s etc/ So the “accesskey + modifier + letter” or alt+control+[CH]. So that

accesskey="m"

is accessed by

ctrl+alt+m

when previously

alt+M

did the job.

While this is not big deal it is frustrating and starts to break some of my windows modifiers such as ctl+alt+p for “print” and ctl+alt+m for “outlook email” etc.

It amazed me that I did not find this suggestion on any website anywhere.

Mastermoz Listings of Interest

The MasterMasterMOZ.com is 3! Months that is…MasterMOZ has reached three months of age and we have a wonderful growing community of member and listings.

I am learning many interesting things from the sites submitted by our members. What is interesting is what some members are putting up on their sites. I continue to be impressed at the quality and depth of information I am finding. I have come across great tidbits published on these often smaller websites.

In fact many of the site are developed by individuals who are using the websites to self publish. Often these websites are dedicated to someone’s personal life interests. W hat I notice is that these members have chosen to take the time to publish something they felt strongly enough about so the were willing to take the time and energy to build a website and put up the content.

Not all the information is well written or detailed but there certainly is enough here to make a trend.

SOME HIGHEST RATED LISTINGS ON MASTERMOZ

My Insurance Answers

Insurance advice, descriptions of insurance coverages, tips for saving money on homeowners and auto insurance

http://mastermoz.com/links/detail/250465

Site Summary: The myinsuranceanswers.com website is chocked full of helpful information. Details are well written, clear, and to the point. It seems that most of what is here is written by a long time insurance industry veteran. Using myinsuranceanswers.com you can find yourself better equipped to navigate and save money in the insurance maze.

Childrens Book Reviews – The Reading Tub Reviews
Reviews for children’s books (0 to 13), complete with the kids’ opinions (as well as their parents). Also offer information about literacy and helping kids learn to read.
http://mastermoz.com/links/detail/250862

Summary: Thereadingtub.com website is a rich and full site containing details about books, and the people who write books. There is also information of interest to children and people who care about children reading.

Business Plan Master
Create stunning and successful business plans. Templates for dozens of business models. Techniques for women and minorities to raise financing. Focus on SBA loans, venture capital and angel investors. Top resources and tools for beginners, as well as advanced business plan writers. Access to hundreds of free business plans.
http://mastermoz.com/links/detail/250886

Summary: A great site which starts out with some great quotes and descriptions of important aspects of funding and growing a new business. The website includes many great links to startup related businesses like the Small Business Administration, as well as other key sources of business information and development resources.

Sustainable Existence

Wind Converters Tapping Into the Free energyAfter trying to get it on the internet I ended up watching Live Earth on a few networks tonight. I was a decent quality HD feed on NBCHD and Universal HD. While Universal basically focused on a few bands and did not get into the environment to any degree or detail, I credit NBC for doing a lot to spread the message of how we can all make a little difference to help bring more balance and help reduce our carbon footprint.

Cleaner Power … Something We Earthlings Need More Of
Al Gore did a great job of spreading concepts we all need to hear. He explained his long term goal for the planet of reducing emissions.

I am very glad Mr. Vice President put this together. I hope and pray that people will hear this message and start to change some of the less balanced habits they have.

There were many simple changes suggested such as switching from incandescent to compact florescent light bulbs, something I did 10+years ago. Riding mass transit, something I try to do as much as practial, reducing your ac or heating demands, selecting more energy efficient vechicles, reusing bags at the grocery store or better yet using cloth bags.

Many of these actions make common sense. I was glad to see them promoted by NBC who did a great job of promoting the message. Kudos NBC, and well done. I am curious to see if people start to get invluenced, and start to act in these small ways to help bring change forward.

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