An accesskey is an XHTML attribute. It is meant to help users who navigating without a pointing device, such as a mouse. Access keys are intended to be a means of specifying a keyboard shortcut for moving to a link, form component or other tabbable object, using the following HTML elements - , area, button, input, label, legend or textarea. Use of accesskey is controversial. The current opinion of many accessibility experts is that, accesskeys mostly work against accessibility. And because of many conflicts, defining accesskeys seem to be a waste of time unless you are designing for a controlled environment such as an intranet.
An HTML hypertext attribute used to create Access Keys for keyboard navigation. An "access key" is created using a single alpha-numeric character selected by the page author, that when activated in combination with the "Alt" key (MS Windows) or the "Cmd/Ctrl" key (Apple/Mac) executes a function. Access Keys are commonly used for shortcuts to important links and form elements. Pressing an access key brings focus to the assigned element. The action that occurs when an element receives focus depends on the element. For example, when a user activates a link defined by the element, the user agent(browser, screen reader, etc) follows the link. View the list of access keys used for this site.