[Accessibility] Keyboard Accessibility

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Fri Sep 5 12:02:36 PDT 2003

	3.)	Keyboard Accessibility

We propose to identify and adopt a subset of the XKB specification in order to provide standard keyboard behaviors required by persons with mobility
impairments. These are features with names such as sticky keys, which permits users who cannot press combinations of keys, e.g. Ctrl-Alt-TAB,
simultaneously to achieve the same result by pressing them sequentially.
People with mobility impairments will benefit by having these features builtin and available through standard activation strategies, such as tapping
Shift five times to turn sticky keys on. The routines provided by the API will also benefit assistive technologies such as on screen keyboard and screen
reader applications.

The XKB is an accepted standard available at http://ftp.x.org/pub/R6.4/xc/doc/specs/XKB/XKBlib/allchaps.ps.

				Janina Sajka, Director
				Technology Research and Development
				Governmental Relations Group
				American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Email: janina at afb.net		Phone: (202) 408-8175

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