Sunday, April 24, 2005

Mozilla developing experimental keyboard navigation for Firefox

From InternetWeek.com:

Experimental builds of Firefox Web browser are trying out a new keystroke navigation system for skipping through links on a page, the Mozilla Foundation said Tuesday.

Rather than point and click with the mouse, these Firefox builds let users apply the Shift and Alt keys, then one of the four cursor keys, to move to a nearby link on a Web page.

Although that idea is far from new, the spin here is that the keystroke combinations take users to the next link by visual position, not its place in the HTML source code. To move to a link immediately to the right of the current link, users would press Shift-Alt-right arrow.

Read the rest of the article here.
Download the new experimental Firefox build featuring the "spatial navigation system" here.