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Suggestion for added user-friendliness

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9:34 pm on Aug 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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When posting a message, Outlook, vBulletin and phpBB (and probably others) allow you to, when you've finished writing your message, hit ALT+S to send/post the message.

So ubiquitous is this hotkey combination, that I find I use it every single time I post here at WW.

The HTML is dead easy. In the [input type=submit] button code for the submit key, add 'accesskey=s' - so the submit button code now reads... [input type=submit accesskey=s]. (Obviously, this is HTML, not BB code.)

It's quick bit of code - but those of us who use the hotkey combination all the time would thank you.

12:56 pm on Oct 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I doubt it would work in Opera or Mozilla - let alone Kmeleon.
6:15 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I don't clicking the Submit key. It helps me scan the post before submitting it. In my opinion, hot key, will reduce quality post ratio.
10:00 pm on Oct 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Brett - yes, it works exactly as designed in Mozilla. (I use it all the time.)

For Mozilla and MSIE, just hit ALT+S in Windows.
Opera supports Accesskeys differently - you have to hit SHIFT+ESC, followed by the accesskey. This is standard Opera behaviour.
For the Mac, browsers like iCab, Mozilla and MSIE support it by just hitting CONTROL + S.
In Linux, accesskey is supported by all Mozilla variants. I don't know about Kmeleon.

Since many bulletin boards and mail programs use "ALT+S" accesskeys (Outlook, OE, vBulletin, phpBB, etc) this should be a no-brainer - users that know about it or are used to it will use it, users that don't will continue to grapple for their mouse or trackpad at the end of posting a message. In all cases, this is enhanced functionality if your browser supports it and degrades gracefully if your browser doesn't support it (i.e. no change from now). It would be especially useful for users like me on a 1024x768 screen: I have to click out of the text box, scroll down to see the buttons, then click them. (Or, alternatively, hit tab hopefully a few times until I get there.) The coding is trivial, and time spent discussing whether to add this feature will inevitably be longer than the time to invisibly code it.

(sun818: The quality of postings won't be affected - especially if ACCESSKEY=P was added to your preview input box).