(Not sure what accesskeys are? Here is an ALA post about them)
If you've ever implemented accesskeys on a web app, do you know if they got used (outside of accessibility concerns)? There seem to be very few sites that use the ALT+[key] pattern and publicize them to users, so it doesn't seem to have caught on. I can't find any utilisation statistics.
My sample scenario is: you have a web app that a busy professional might use for 1-2 hours a day, filling in forms. They are going to become intermediate / power users fairly quickly. Accesskeys may speed up their flow for certain tasks. We'd point out which buttons/functions have an accesskey through styling (underlining the first letter, etc), and through help & FAQs. Given this scenario, do you think users would use the accesskeys, or is it just too unusual / unnatural for them?
They are easy enough to implement, but are there any reasons NOT to allow accesskeys?
PS I know Twitter and Google have advanced accesskey support, but again - I don't know if it gets used, even by power users.