Re: changing properties dialogue

On Thu, 17 Oct 2002, Alan Horkan wrote:

Good point.  The keybindings on those dialogs aren't quite up to
scratch.  It should really have 'Enter' do OK and 'Escape' do Cancel.
Please do file

I would have thought that the newer GTK2 widgets would/will have this
stuff setup by default?

They seem to attempt it, but don't quite get it right...

To be a little bit pedantic it is not just a simple Esc = Cancel and OK =
Esc is used for cancel and sometimes for No reponses, and in some
cases to dismiss any window without taking an action (so this could
even include a message dialog that only had an Ok button).


As for binding Return to Ok,
When you open a dialog if you are willing to
accept all the default values, the Ok button should be in focus and you
you should be able to simply accept by hitting Return.


You probably dont want hitting return anywhere in a dialog to be
equivalent to okay.  for example in a password dialog hitting return
after typing in the username it does not make sense to hit ok, it should
bring you to the next box to enter your password first.  

We had a long discussion about this on the Dillo list.  I checked a number
of browsers, and several have Return be submit, even when there are more
input fields.  Tab is what is used to navigate.  'Return', by its very name,
returns you to where you were before (and 'enter' says to enter the data
you've typed in into the system). 

It makes sense in other circumstances where more data is needed.  I get
very annoyed at the Gtk file dialog thinking i want to save to a file
called dirname/ and then fail and close the save window (but the many
annoyances of the file dialog is a rant best left to the

Don't get me started on the file selector.  They promised a better one in
2.0.4 at the latest:(  It's an embarrassment to GTK.

This is my understanding of it, off the top of my head, i have not
thought it through in detail or read any usability papers on the matter
so my description is obviously somewhat lacking.  I
assume you were just simplifying for brevity, i will add my comments to
the bug report.

I'd really like to see some usability papers on this subject.


Lars Clausen (| Hårdgrim of Numenor
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