Re: Keyboard Behaviors for Elements with Role "Grid"

If I had to choose between "Ctrl+Tab", and "[", "]", for moving between 
editable cells... I think I would choose the latter. My reasoning is 
that the semantics I have for Ctrl+Tab are pretty far away from 
navigating cells... so that would be a cognitive leap for me. I also 
think when we are talking about this refined kind of navigation, we are 
talking about power users here, and so choosing less popular 
combinations is "OK".

That said, is "Ctrl+Arrow" and option here? That would be less of a leap 
I think...

my 2 cents,

Joseph Scheuhammer wrote:
> Here's an attempt at summarizing one of the problems, and a possible 
> compromise.
> Currently Tab/Shift+Tab is used to move among large chunks of the page 
> or web app.  This is pretty much the convention in the style guide.  
> Arrow keys  are used to navigate within widgets.
> It would be very useful to have quick navigation among editable cells 
> in a grid and not force users to navigate "endlessly" to them using 
> the arrow keys.  However, if the number of editable cells is numerous, 
> using Tab to move among them leads to a sense of being trapped if one 
> wants to navigate through and outside of the grid quickly.
> Would the following work as a compromise?
> - Use Tab/Shift+Tab to move in and out of widgets, as before.
> - Use arrows to navigate within widgets, as before.
> - Use Ctrl+Tab to move within a grid quickly among editable cells.
> I'm suggesting Ctrl+Tab instead of Jon's Ctrl+Enter since it includes 
> "Tab" and that conjures up navigation.
> However, it's entirely possible that Ctrl+Tab may already be taken by 
> the OS or the browser.  In that case, perhaps the square bracket keys, 
> ] and [, could be used to denote forward and backward motion, and be 
> used to navigate among editable cells.

Received on Tuesday, 29 July 2008 15:39:51 UTC