Inline Edit: changing focus cancels edit?

Anastasia Cheetham a.cheetham at
Mon Jul 7 21:26:29 UTC 2008

Laurie McArthur, our assistive technology guru here at the ATRC, had a  
comment on this issue:

On 7-Jul-08, at 9:08 AM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:
>> I could see a situation in which someone using a screen reader might
>> press enter to start editing, and then the screen reader starts to
>> read the contents of the field, and the user, who knows the contents
>> and wants to change it anyway, might press escape to shut the screen
>> reader up.

On 7-Jul-08, at 4:34 PM, Laurie McArthur wrote:
> The escape key – is actually a dangerous one to use to “shut up” the  
> screen reader. The control key is the official one to do this.
> .... the Escape key is really to cancel actions (eg stop loading a  
> web page etc).. not to control the screen reader.

Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at
Software Designer, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto

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