However if you are interested in getting your site keyboard ready – there are a couple of ways of implementing this, with most sites listed below- jQuery seems to be the weapon of choice. We found the mountainTop jQuery plugin, to be a particularly easy way to implement custom navigation with the keyboard. Another one which has popped up recently is the jQuery Coverflow plugin by Paul Bakaus. Other contenders for the throne include this one I found via LastNight’s Party, and this great article on Keyboard shortcuts from OpenJS
Here are a few sites I love the keyboard navigation on.
It might be flash based, and only partially enabled for keyboard nav, but the implementation of navigation on this site is awesome. I can see a similar jQuery implementation making waves with UI designers.
I watch this
Simpleviewer offers a quick and easy XML based flash photo viewer. It’s been around for quite a bit, but still offers one of the best forms of flash based keyboard navigation.
Google reader was one of the first web applications out there to really go to town on keyboard navigation. It raised the bar for other application developers to come along and match the implementation. In fact, it’s even been working on a keyboard implementation for the regular SERP’s.
Other interesting links
Hashtags – Implements the continous scrolling Ajax Pattern
DZone – Also implements continous scrolling
UI Patterns – UI Pattern for continuous scrolling.
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