[wp-hackers] Usability problems with accesskeys
r at schestowitz.com
Thu Nov 10 14:17:46 GMT 2005
_____/ On Thu 10 Nov 2005 13:41:35 GMT, [Donncha O Caoimh] wrote : \_____
> Just try pressing ALT1-7 in Firefox when you have a couple of tabs open.. :)
Oops. I have used these shortcuts for almost a year, but I get ALT and
CTRL mixed up sometimes. I wound up using ALT8-10 in my portal due to *ex-
actly* that issue.
> I never use access keys myself either, and when I hit ctrl-a to
> select all and instead get a url pop-up that's annoying.
> The browser needs some way of "capturing" special keystrokes when a
> textarea is selected, the users eyes are looking at the textarea, or
> some other magic way of knowing what the user wanted to do! heh.
How about a user-configurable set of shortcuts? PHP can handle
accesskey="<KEY>" on the fly. In fact, last year I conceived a project of
dynamically assigning shortcuts and underlining letters in all Web pages.
I still have it among my list of ideas.
Would user-configurable (or changeable) shortcuts ruin a globality or
break some conventions? It would only affect WordPress after all. Short-
cuts will be preserved when the Webmaster moves from one machine to anoth-
er as the settings will be in the installation (/database). I think that
enabling the users to at least change default accelerators would be a
valuable thing. Imagine yourself users switching off keyboard shortcuts
altogether because of one critical collision...
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