Open Bug 219352 Opened 21 years ago Updated 15 years ago

RFE: accesskeys for mailnews folder names in folder pane


(SeaMonkey :: MailNews: Message Display, enhancement)

Not set


(Not tracked)


(Reporter: stefan, Unassigned)


(Keywords: access)

User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.5b) Gecko/20030827
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:1.5b) Gecko/20030827

It would be a great accessibility improvement if, when the folder pane has
focus, I could use the first letters of my folder names to move around between
folders, instead of only uparrow and downarrow. (not to mention getting rid of
the "Advance to next unread message in <folder>" dialog, but that's a different

Of course, there's the issue of how you access those accesskeys, given that some
combinations of letters and modifiers are already assigned (think N, ctrl N),
but if it could be done it'd be great feature. Possibly enable as pref that
keyboard only users can use to override the normal behaviour?

The idea came to me while using my webmail client, squirrelmail, which has a
righthand folder pane, and Find As You Type, and noticing that I can read mail
in multiple folders a lot faster.

Does the widget used for the folderpane support this behaviour?

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
adding access keyword
Keywords: access
i'd probably drop the normal bindings and let you just type one letter, if you
type the same letter again you'd go to the next folder w/ the same first letter.
but there should be a delay before it actually loads the folder to give people a
chance to avoid losing 'new' status on a folder they're just passing by.
That would be the right way (it was only Find As You Type that gave me the idea,
I wasn't proposing exact FAYT behaviour).

Product: Browser → Seamonkey
Assignee: sspitzer → mail
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I still think this would be a great feature for improving keyboard accessibility
in thunderbird.
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9pre) Gecko/2008040701 SeaMonkey/2.0a1pre


As a minimum (and perhaps a different bug), I'd like to be able to use Ctrl+I for Input, Ctrl+J for Junk.
Ever confirmed: true
QA Contact: esther
Assignee: mail → nobody
QA Contact: message-display
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