Caret Browsing


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    What
    Caret Browsing is when you navigate around a page by using the keyboard arrows.
    Think of how you use them in a text box, but across the whole page.

    This is different to spatial navigation, as spatial navigation only moves across inputs and links.

    Why
    For those who only want to use a keyboard (or indeed those who can only use a keyboard), being able to navigate webpages in this fashion could be preferable to spatial navigation or the arrow keys which force you to move whole pages at a time.

    The same navigation methods as text editors also work. For example, in caret browsing you can also use ctrl+shift+arrow keys to highlight and select text, without needing to use the mouse.

    Preview
    What might this kind of navigation look like?
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    Other Implementations
    Internet explorer and Firefox both support caret browsing by pressing "F7". There are extensions that introduce some support for chrome based browsers.


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