Re: Stock items - toolbar label vs. menu label
- From: Colm Smyth <Colm Smyth sun com>
- To: gtk-devel-list gnome org, calum benson sun com
- Cc: gnome-components-list gnome org, gnome-accessibility-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: Stock items - toolbar label vs. menu label
- Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 18:33:36 +0100 (BST)
I agree that being able to tab into and through an app's toolbar is
important, but for long toolbars it could increase the effort needed
to get to, say, the first input widget if that's what you normally
want to get to.
Maybe the toolbar's buttons should be logically after the main elements in
a dialog (in terms of tab order) and we need a shortcut key to move
the focus to the first toolbar button (with <space> to activate, as usual) ?
>Delivered-To: gnome-components-list gnome org
>From: Calum Benson <calum benson sun com>
>To: Gtk Development List <gtk-devel-list gnome org>
>Cc: gnome-components-list gnome org, gnome-accessibility-list gnome org
>Subject: Re: Stock items - toolbar label vs. menu label
>Havoc Pennington wrote:
>> I don't really agree with that - perhaps toolbar key navigation
>> shouldn't be via mnemonics, but certainly it should exist. Calum's bug
>> report on this in bugzilla suggests that tab-navigation of toolbars be
>> allowed. But mnemonics make sense to me too for toolbars with text.
>I think I sit somewhere between the two here... as you say, I do think
>that toolbars should be focusable/navigable with the keyboard, just
>because in this day and age it's downright inconsiderate to have large
>parts of a GUI that aren't.
>Since toolbars would normally share the same mnemonic context as the
>application's menu bar, though, I'm not so sure they should generally
>have mnemonics themselves... unless they only worked (and were shown)
>when the toolbar had focus, which would be slightly odd and
>inconsistent. Otherwise, people might quite reasonably expect the
>toolbar's mnemonic to work whether they had set the toolbar to
>icons-only or not, and it would be pretty hard to find enough mnemonics
>to go around both the menu bar and the toolbars in some cases.
>One alternative might be to offer an optional second row of text under a
>toolbar button that showed its accelerator, if it had one (Ctrl+X for
>Cut etc.), but I doubt if that would catch on... GNOME toolbar buttons
>are fairly elephantine as it is, so it would probably just take up too
>much screen real-estate considering you can get the same information off
>But I could be way off the mark here... maybe some of the folks on the
>accessibility list have a view on this?
>CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer Sun Microsystems Ireland
>mailto:calum benson ireland sun com Desktop Engineering Group
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