X Toggle High Contrast Mode
S Skip to Main Content
1 Home Page
3 Site Map
9 Contact Us
0 Access Keys
Kent Association for the Blind

Access key scheme

Access keys let you change display settings and navigate around a website without using a mouse. You may find them a convenient way to move round the site without having to move your mouse at all. Access keys and how to use them

Unfortunately, different browsers use access keys in different ways. In general you need to hold down a key or two, and then press the access key you want.

Browsers for PCs

  • Firefox 2: Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key
  • Firefox 1.5 for PCs: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Opera 9: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.
  • Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the ALT key, press the number of the access key, release both keys then press ENTER
  • Internet Explorer 4: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Netscape 7: Hold down the ALT key and press the number of the access key
  • Netscape 6+: Hold down the ALT key and select the number/letter of the access key
  • Netscape earlier versions: Access keys are not supported

Browsers for Macs

  • Firefox 2: Hold down the SHIFT key and the ALT key and then press the number of the access key
  • Firefox 1.5: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Safari: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Opera 9: Hold SHIFT and the ESC key and the list of access keys will appear.
  • Internet Explorer 5+: Hold down the CTRL key and press the number of the access key
  • Internet Explorer 4.5: Access keys are not supported

Access keys on KAB

KAB uses the following access keys:

  • X - Toggle High Contrast Mode
  • S - Skip to content
  • 1 - Home page
  • 3 - Site Map
  • 9 - Contact Us
  • 0 - Access key details

Skip to content on any given page allows you to bypass the navigation areas and go directly to that page's main content.

Notes & feedback

Please note that some assistive technology tools such as the IBM HomePage Reader and WindowEyes already make use of the alt+[access key] combinations. As such, users of these tools will not be able to use these access keys.

These access key assignments are based on research into best practice across the web (in an attempt to be consistent with other sites' access keys), and an understanding of the key global navigation requirements of KAB users.

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