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Use Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2 Web Browsers
Safari 1.2 finally adds support for full keyboard navigation, which allows to Option-Tab (by default) between links and tab between all form elements. You might notice, however, that unless you have "Full keyboard access" turned on, the latter of the two doesn't work as expected.

To enable tab navigation of all form elements in Safari 1.2, you'll need to open System Preferences and click on the Keyboard & Mouse icon. Then, in the Keyboard Shortcuts tab, check the "Full keyboard access" checkbox. After doing this, you'll be able to use your keyboard to truly navigate all form fields (which includes checkboxes, menus, et al).

You should note, however, that turning this option on enables keyboard access system-wide, which might be something you're not used to. Full keyboard access will allow you to tab between OS X interface objects (like buttons and such), and might alter your behaviour slightly.

It might be nice if in the future Safari had the keyboard access feature on its own without having to enable it system-wide, but in the meantime it's still a great feature.
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Use Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2
Authored by: thefinite on Feb 10, '04 01:11:19PM

I was wondering why I couldn't navigate drop-down menus. It was really bugging me. Thanks!

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Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2 is Useless
Authored by: J on Feb 10, '04 04:53:08PM
As ridiculous as this poor implementation is, it is made even worse by the fact that you cannot tab into a select list then type letters to jump to that location in the list. Without that the "Full Keyboard Navgiation" is useless to me.

You can, however tab into a checkbox or radio button and press [space] to toggle its selection.

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Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2 is Useless
Authored by: J on Feb 10, '04 04:58:47PM
I just checked out Dave Hyatt's update notes and found this:
Another complaint I've seen on forums was that you couldn't type letters to have the popup jump directly to a selected item (e.g., typing "U" to jump to "United States"). Again, we obey the OS behavior, which does allow this, but only after you hit the spacebar when the control has the keyboard focus. Multi-letter typing is supported to complete to a specific item. Try it. You'll like it. :)

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Use Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2
Authored by: leebennett on Feb 10, '04 10:35:16PM

Yes, you can type letters to jump to an option in a selection menu. You just have to tab to it then tap the space bar to open it, then type your letters. This behavior is consistent with the rest of the Full Keyboard Access functionality for other apps.



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Use Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2
Authored by: ebow on Feb 11, '04 09:22:36AM

How like Apple to finally give us a feature that nearly every other browser on the planet has had, yet to implement it following some purist concept (i.e. full system-wide keyboard access) as to make it unappealing to many (well, me, at least).

That said, I'm still using Safari nearly full-time. Glad this hint was posted to clarify the issue.



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Use Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2
Authored by: AKS9 on Feb 12, '04 09:09:31AM

I think it's good to keep keyboard navigation consistent and the same as the rest of the OS, although I agree that it should be able to be turned on independent of the rest of the system (for those that want Keyboard navigation on Safari but not the OS, or the other way round)



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Use Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2
Authored by: kupietz on Apr 26, '04 06:29:40AM

If you ask me, this is another example of Apple getting the small things wrong, wrong, wrong. Let's say you tab to a menu and type the first few letters of one of the choices on it. If those letters appear anywhere in the text of the page, suddenly the page jumps to the first occurrence of those letters and selects them... to override this and instead select a menu option that matches those letters, you must first type a down-arrow to open the menu. (At least, *I* have to type a down arrow... other people said that spacebar opens it, but that doesn't work for me.) Then, after the menu is open, you can type a few letters to select your option.

Why should it require the extra keystroke (down-arrow) to access the menu options from the keyboard? Good interface design makes whatever a user is most likely to want to do the easiest thing to do. Did Apple really believe that when you have tabbed to a menu, and you type a few characters, it's more likely that you're trying to leave the menu and find those characters elsewhere than that you want to select a menu option?

I mean, suppose anything is possible, but somehow I doubt that a majority of people who tab to a menu want to leave it rather than select something from it... jumping elsewhere on the page should have been the action that required an extra step, not using the control you have just navigated to.

I know this is system-wide behavior, not just Safari, so consider my point here a system-wide complaint, not just a Safari complaint.

Apple must keep a dedicated think tank of "geniuses" somewhere to crank out cockamamie ideas like the perfectly round mouse, displaying lengths of playlists in iTunes in tenths-of-an-hour ("17 songs, 1.2 hours") instead of the usual hours and minutes, and assigning fewer keystrokes to skipping blithely away from a control you have just tabbed onto than for using it.



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Use Full Keyboard Access in Safari 1.2
Authored by: chandra_dox on Feb 23, '09 05:21:04AM

Hi,
I am using Safari 3.1.2. While pressing tab in keyboard in my application, its moving to all text fields and links but not to Buttons. I tried with above information. But in edit menu I did'nt found "System Preferences" option to select. I saw Only Preferences and also there is no option for KEYBOARD and Mouse icon. Can you please help regarding this for Safari 3.1.2 browser.

Thanks
Chandra DOX

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