Re: [Usability] Standard keyboard shortcut for opening a new tab?

Well, since we are comparing here with Firefox, don't forget that
there is a way to close the current window (including all tabs)
without closing them one by one. Don't you want to consider this case
as well, by using Ctrl-Shift-W for "close current window". When only
one tab is open "close tab" or "close current window" have the same
behaviour, of course.

Pedro Maurício Costa

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 10:08 AM, Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi gmail com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-11-25 at 10:55 +0100, Guillaume Ardaud wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 9:09 AM, Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi gmail com> wrote:
>> > In Ubuntu, we recently had a bug filed about Gedit not using ctrl+t to
>> > open a new tab[1].  After consulting the HIG, we see that this isn't one
>> > of the standard keyboard shortcuts.  Should it be?  Tabs are becoming
>> > increasingly common in applications (even Nautilus has them now), so
>> > maybe this is something that should be standardized in the next HIG
>> > revision.  Does standardizing ctrl+t for "new tab" sound like a good
>> > idea to anyone else?
>> >
>> > [1]
>> Definitely. As you pointed out, tabs are increasingly popular in
>> application, and in the user mind are becoming a standard. There's
>> therefore no reason for us not to consider tab-related operations in
>> the HIG.
>> Ctrl-T, Ctrl-W, etc. are already the most popular shortcuts, so I
>> think we should definitely standardize them.
> This didn't go to the list, so forwarding there...
> Ctrl+w is currently set to "close current window."  We don't want to
> lose that, so I think it should be close current tab, but if it's the
> last tab or if tabs don't exist in the app, it expands scope to include
> the entire window.  It makes sense to me since the tabs are, from the
> user's perspective, like having a bunch of windows bundled together.
> --
> Mackenzie Morgan
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