Re: Toolbar keyboard navigation

On Mon, 2003-02-24 at 19:46, Soeren Sandmann wrote:

> It would be possible for toolbars to remember the last item that had
> focus, so that if you give focus to a toolbar item, move a few items
> to the right and then press TAB repeatedly, you would eventually
> return to the tool item you just left (as opposed to the first item on
> that toolbar).

It's kind of hard to tell how useful that would be without some simple
usability testing, but my hunch is that it's probably not necessary, as
people probably don't need to use the same or nearby toolbar controls on
repeated visits-- it's probably more random than that.  But I reserve
the right to change my mind about that later :)

Not having a memory would be inconsistent with the way panels currently
work, but I think that's probably justified: panels potentially contain
status indicators and monitoring-type applets which a blind user may
well want to hear about immediately on repeated visits to the panel over
a period of time, for example.


CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson sun com            GNOME Desktop Group                      +353 1 819 9771

Any opinions are personal and not necessarily those of Sun Microsystems

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