All the good tutorials on advanced design insist you must not use mouse
events only but have to cater for all those who can only use the
keyboard. Now I frequently use the keyboard myself when reading,
scrolling down using <page down> and arrows is much more convenient than
reaching for the mouse. But there seem to be a serious drawback. A text,
a travel journal say, can contain hundreds of links, furtcher
information on all the places mentioned. So now I have scrolled down, am
past the middle of the long text, and see a link i want to click.
Pressing <Tab> gets me the first or second link of the whole page and I
may need to <Tab> up to a hundred times to get to where I want to be.
Myself, I just reach for the mouse, but what about those others?
Is there any way to place the <Tab> focus somewhere in the visible area
for IE, like clicking into the text in that area would do? Also the
focus on borderless images is hard to see.
Firefox already does it by using a cursor, which can cause weird
strangeness with page up and down on heavily styled pages. It also
flatly refuses to focus on any image links.
Opera spurns the Tab altogehter but uses Shift Arrow in a very logical
and sensible way, once you figured it out.
Is there a way to make an arrow moveable cursor on the page? This could
be cross browser operable and may be the only sensible way to move the
focus horizontally across CSS frames. People are used to just that from
editors, so useability should be a given. Of course I'm talking about