User-Agent: Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i586; en-US; rv:1.6) Gecko/20040207 Firefox/0.8 In general, bookmarks can be selected by opening the menu with Alt-B, then hitting the first letter of the bookmark (or submenu) you wish to select. However, the accesskeys for [A]dd to Bookmarks, [M]anage Bookmarks, and [O]pen in Tabs take precedence. The user is unlikely to anticipate this behavior, and may end up [M]anaging bookmarks instead of visiting [M]etaFilter. (Accidentally opening fifty bookmarks in tabs is an even more irritating outcome.) I'd like to see these accesskeys removed. No more than one press of an arrow key is needed to access any of the three functions listed, so there is an adequate replacement for the accesskeys. Reproducible: Always Steps to Reproduce: 1. Alt-B to open bookmarks menu 2. Hit M to open a bookmark beginning with letter M Actual Results: bookmarks manager opens up Expected Results: load up the URL for the bookmark beginning with letter M
accesskeys are not going to be removed from the menus. There's no point in trying to argue that point, since its needed for accessibility reasons. Marking WONTFIX, Pierre, if you have an objection to this, please reopen, but I can't think of any reason to support this functionality over accesskeys (I'm not sure about the ramifications for Section 508 compliance either, but I doubt this would agree with that)
If the accesskeys cannot be removed, then perhaps the "select bookmark by typing first letter" functionality should be disabled. The user should not be exposed to an unpredictable situation such as this.
Please re-open this bug. The problem described by the original submitter is in fact a problem, even if his requested solution is not acceptable. The problem is that the access keys for the bookmarks menu options "Add to bookmarks", "Manage bookmarks", and in bookmark folder submenus "Open in tabs" (A, M, and O respectively) take exclusive priority over bookmark entries beginning with the same letter. This is an accessibility problem, equally as much as if the access keys for the "Add to bookmarks" etc were removed. Unlike the original poster, I don't recommend removing those access keys, but I do think that keyboard access to the bookmark entries is just as important as keyboard access to the menu options. I suggest that a better solution would be to make bookmark entries and menu options equivalent for the purposes of using access keys. In other words, if a bookmark list contains Metafilter and Monster, then pressing M would cycle between "Manage bookmarks", "Metafilter", and "Monster"; the user would press Enter when the selection was on the item he desired. Similarly, in a bookmark folder submenu, pressing O should cycle the selection between all the entries in that submenu beginning with O and the command "Open in Tabs". Note that this is what IE does; the Favorites menu has two commands: Add to Favorites and Organize Favorites. Pressing A or O cycles between the command and all the bookmark entries begining with A or O. Please do not implement the suggestion to disable "select bookmark by typing first letter". Those of us who use the keyboard to navigate would sorely miss this functionality. Also, the OS for this bug should probably be "All". The original reporter is using Linux, but the problem is also apparant on Windows. My build identifier is below, but every version of Phoenix/Firebird/Firefox I have used has had this problem. Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7b) Gecko/20040406 Firefox/0.8.0+ (MozJF)
sorry for bugspam, long-overdue mass reassign of ancient QA contact bugs, filter on "beltznerLovesGoats" to get rid of this mass change
Can this bug be reopened and made dependent on bug 306010 please?