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RE: standard key mappings

From: Jon Hanna <jon@spin.ie>
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 16:33:51 +0100
To: "W3c-Wai-Ig" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

> Does anyone know of a list of reasonably standard mappings
> between keyboard
> actions & program behaviour? I can get the stuff like Ctrl-c for
> 'copy' etc
> from nosing around existing applications, but there are one or
> two things I
> can't find (e.g. switching between a framed window view &
> full-screen). I've
> spent a while searching, but all I've found so far have been
> application-specific.

They are all by there very nature application and platform specific. It is
certainly useful to match the behaviour of other applications, especially
the shell (this is both more important and easier on OSs like Windows which
only have one shell available).

The best you can do is to see:

1. Is there anything the shell (Explorer etc.) does similar to the feature
you are binding the shortcut to? If so use its shortcut. (If you aren't
familiar with your shell's shortcuts it would be worth learning them).

2. Otherwise is there a similar type of application that has a similar
feature? If so use its shortcut.

3. Otherwise is there an application different to yours that has a similar
feature? If so use its shortcut. In the case of a conflict use the shortcut
most likely to be familiar to your users.

4. Otherwise base the shortcut on the name you give to the feature in the
menu item, link, button or other control that launches it.
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