Opened 11 years ago

Closed 11 years ago

Last modified 11 years ago

#4025 closed enhancement (invalid)

Change Shortcut-Switch to drop-down menu

Reported by: humdinger Owned by: axeld
Priority: low Milestone: R1
Component: Preferences/Keymap Version: R1/pre-alpha1
Keywords: Cc:
Blocked By: Blocking:
Platform: All


This is hrev31031.

Having a button for switching shortcut keys (ALT<->CTRL) that changes its lable is confusing IMO. I think it's better to use a drop-down menu with

"Shortcut Key in Windows/Linux Mode [CTRL-picto]"
"Shortcut Key in Haiku Mode [ALT-picto]"

That way you have the available option at one glance.

Change History (2)

comment:1 by axeld, 11 years ago

Resolution: invalid
Status: newclosed

Depending on your keymap, there is neither a Haiku nor a Windows/Linux mode - but you can still switch the shortcut key. In any case, a drop-down menu cannot solve this. Other ideas are welcome, of course :-)

comment:2 by humdinger, 11 years ago

Well, for the stated reasons, a drop-down menu would be at least better than a changing button. Of course the problem you mention for special keymaps will remain.

Maybe we can leave out the explicit option altogether. Have the COMMAND key with a red background and a bubble help saying "Shortcut key, e.g. CMD+C to copy". Then the user can put that key whereever she likes. BTW, I think exchanging keys should be left-click-drag&drop as it's less destructive and more often used than copying.

The other specially coloured keys could get a bubble help as well.

Maybe a little hint above the keyboard map is in order, or the newbie who doesn't read the user guide won't know what to do. Like, "Left-drag&drop to switch two keys. Right-drag&drop to copy a key.", and a legend: red: Shrortcut key, blue: Dead key. Or is that too much? Then a "RTFM" with a link to the user guide page would be more concise... :)

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