Note: There are a few cases of duplicates in user autocompletion which are being worked on.

Keyboard shortcut to switch between message and header panes

NEW
Unassigned

Status

Thunderbird
Message Reader UI
8 years ago
6 years ago

People

(Reporter: Jamie, Unassigned)

Tracking

({access, student-project})

Trunk
access, student-project
Bug Flags:
wanted-thunderbird3 +

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(Not tracked)

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Description

8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2a1pre) Gecko/20090702 Minefield/3.6a1pre
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.1pre) Gecko/20090705 Shredder/3.0b3pre

In the message reader window (either standalone or integrated message pane), one can tab or shift+tab between the pane containing the message body and the pane containing the message headers. Tab and shift+tab move between individual focusable elements in these panes (as they should). However, this makes it very difficult to, for example, get to the message headers pane when there are a lot of links in the message body. It would be nice to have a keyboard shortcut to switch between the message body pane and the message headers pane.

F6/shift+f6 seems like a logical choice to me. This presents no problems for the standalone message reader window, but it may annoy users of the integrated message pane, as it adds another stop in the f6/shift+f6 order, which may make it more tedious to return to the folder list/message list panes.

Another option would be to add a keyboard shortcut to access the "From" header, which I think is always the first header. This way, the headers are easily accessed and the message is only a shift+tab away.

Reproducible: Always
(Reporter)

Updated

8 years ago
Keywords: access
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Comment 1

8 years ago
Bug 157108 seems to suggest that SeaMonkey once had such a feature, but that it has since been removed or broken. However, despite some vague references in that bug, I can't work out whether Thunderbird ever had this feature.
CC'ing some UI / accessibility gurus..

Comment 3

8 years ago
I agree with Jamie that it would be cool to have the message body and first header respectively focusable by a single keystroke. And intuitively, I'd say F6 is the right choice in either case.

BTW: Jamie is one of the core developers of the free and open source NVDA screen reader on Windows.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Sounds like a good student-project too.
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3?
Keywords: student-project
Version: unspecified → Trunk

Updated

8 years ago
Flags: wanted-thunderbird3? → wanted-thunderbird3+

Comment 5

8 years ago
okay can i have some contributor that can help me with the project
(In reply to comment #5)
> okay can i have some contributor that can help me with the project
yea sure. let me know when and how long we plan to work on this project.

Comment 7

8 years ago
Thanx sam i plan to work with my team for another week or so, we are a team of two memebers, we are CS students at the german university in cairo and this is a mini-project.

Comment 8

8 years ago
Just attempted to repro this bug.

Unless I'm misunderstanding things, the F6/Shift+F6 combo works for switching between the message and header panes. Tested in Shredder 3.2a1pre and the release version of Thunderbird 3. So it seems like it's been fixed :)

Comment 9

8 years ago
I am able to shift+f6 to switch to the header from the message on my Shredder build, but neither f6 nor shift+f6 works for vice versa. Admittedly my build is probably about a month old, but definitely ahead of the release.

Comment 10

8 years ago
(In reply to comment #9)
> I am able to shift+f6 to switch to the header from the message on my Shredder
> build, but neither f6 nor shift+f6 works for vice versa. Admittedly my build is
> probably about a month old, but definitely ahead of the release.

Scratch that, nothing works in a standalone message reader window.
(In reply to Lim Yuen Hoe from comment #10)
> (In reply to comment #9)
> > I am able to shift+f6 to switch to the header from the message on my Shredder
> > build, but neither f6 nor shift+f6 works for vice versa. Admittedly my build is
> > probably about a month old, but definitely ahead of the release.
> 
> Scratch that, nothing works in a standalone message reader window.

How about 7.01?
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