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Accel-Comma should open Preferences (cmd-, on macos, ctrl-, on win32/linux)




Keyboard: Navigation
17 years ago
7 years ago


(Reporter: Andy Lyttle, Unassigned)




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(Not tracked)


(Whiteboard: [need r/sr])


(1 attachment, 2 obsolete attachments)



17 years ago
Many Mac OS apps (including Internet Explorer) use Command-Semicolon as a
shortcut to the Preferences dialog.  Mozilla probably should as well.  This is a
Mac OS standard, although it should be implemented on all platforms for
consistency.  To my knowledge, no other platform has a standard shortcut for
Preferences, and Cmd/Ctrl/Alt-; isn't a standard shortcut for anything else, so
adding this shouldn't cause any conflicts or problems.

Comment 1

17 years ago
I like this idea a lot. Confirming bug
Ever confirmed: true

Comment 2

17 years ago
Oh, yes. Yes yes yes. (This has been in my keyboard spec since the beginning of 
time.) And I don't see why this shouldn't be XP, too.
Keywords: helpwanted
Since Don has left, Vishy is taking his bugs in bulk, pending reassignment.
Assignee: don → vishy

Comment 4

17 years ago
Assignee: vishy → pchen
OS: All
I vote for all platforms. Preferences is too hard to open quickly ;) 
Hardware: Macintosh → All


17 years ago
Summary: Command-Semicolon should open Preferences on Mac OS → Accel-Semicolon should open Preferences (cmd-; on macos, ctrl-; on win32)

Comment 6

16 years ago
Any particular reason why this hasn't been implemented yet, after over a 
year?  I'd do it myself if I could, but I'm not a developer and wouldn't know 
where to begin...
hey, aaronl, here's a[nother] bug to add to the access bug radar doc. :) i'll
add it if you're busy. wasn't there some issue with this re: conflict with
international keyboards...?

reassign as needed...
Assignee: pchen → aaronl

Comment 8

16 years ago
The international issue is simply that the shortcut won't work on a few
keyboards. However, it's still worth doing for those keyboards that can support it.

Comment 9

16 years ago
Does anybody know what existing Mac OS apps that use Cmd-; as a shortcut to Preferences do with those international keyboards?  This is unfortunately not an official Apple standard, so Apple wouldn't have documentation on it.  I agree if there's no semicolon and nobody knows what else to use, the shortcut can be omitted; wouldn't be any worse than it is now.  The appropriate international alternatives can always be added later.

Comment 10

16 years ago
Ben, to whom should we assign bugs like this?
Assignee: aaronl → ben
I'll do this. It bugs me. 
Priority: P3 → P4
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla1.1

Comment 12

16 years ago
cc'ing myself.
*** Bug 110719 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 14

16 years ago
Is there any reason why this is a 1.1 target?  I recognize that it's not
terribly major as bugs go, but it seems easy enough that 0.9.7 should be
a reasonable target.  There aren't any open issues, I don't think, from
reading through this bug.  Am I wrong?

Comment 15

16 years ago
Apparently it's a pain in the ass to track down exactly where this needs to be
implemented.  Notice the date I submitted the bug.

A few search terms that might (or might not) prove useful:

Comment 16

16 years ago
Created attachment 76605 [details] [diff] [review]
Proposed patch to add accel-; pref binding to navigator

Here's something that adds that binding to navigator windows.  It seems a
little ugly, but it works.  I didn't see any way to get it installed more
globally.  This one only binds it in the Edit menu of navigator windows, but
that seems the most useful.  It can be extended later, I suspect.
This works on UNIX, and assumedly win32.  I would like to know if it works on
Mac's, but can't test that right now.  Can anyone else test this?
If this isn't the right way to do it, let me know.  I'll try something else. 
If it is good enough, any chance we can get it promoted to get into the 1.0

Comment 17

16 years ago
Andreww, can you push this through?
Assignee: ben → andreww


15 years ago

Comment 18

15 years ago
Created attachment 91036 [details] [diff] [review]
changes for composer - context sensitive pref....

patch for composer... I talked with Marlon and he said it'd be better to have
"context sensitive" keybindings so that when you are in composer and use
command ; it'd open with composer  already chosen.... in other words, behave
exactly as if you had chosen edit-preferences from the menu...
so  I'll include patches for each app...

Comment 19

15 years ago
Comment on attachment 91036 [details] [diff] [review]
changes for composer - context sensitive pref....

obsolete. I'll create one patch with all changes instead of lots of litle
Attachment #91036 - Attachment is obsolete: true

Comment 20

15 years ago
Will this conflict with the eventual nirvana of bug 77855?

Comment 21

15 years ago
whenever that bug is fixed, there will need to be many places in the UI 
where the code should be changed to "undo" the context sensitivity. So 
this will simply be another component that gets updated.  That will only 
effect the behavior of this, but this still needs to get in and behave the way 
the rest of the "world" behaves right now.

Comment 22

15 years ago
Created attachment 91133 [details] [diff] [review]
patch to update windows with new keybinding

patch ready for review.
Attachment #76605 - Attachment is obsolete: true


15 years ago
Keywords: helpwanted
Whiteboard: [need r/sr]


15 years ago
Target Milestone: mozilla1.1alpha → mozilla1.2alpha

Comment 23

15 years ago
The patch is great as far as it goes, but it misses the mail compose window.

If you put the editor line in editorOverlay.xul rather than composerOverlay.xul,
you get mail composer for free (and you don't have to define a new keyset) --
but then in the mail compose window it pops up the dialog with the editor prefs
open, when it probably should be the mail compose prefs, so it's probably better
to do the editor part the way you already have it, and add one more line for
mail compose.

If you want to check these in and do mail compose as a separate patch, you have
r=akkana on this part (but let's leave the bug open until mail compose is done).

Comment 24

15 years ago
recommends Cmd+, rather than Cmd+;.

Comment 25

15 years ago
I hope that's a typo.  I don't believe I've ever seen Cmd-, used for
Preferences, but Cmd-; is quite common (although Apple seems determined not
endorse it officially).

Comment 26

15 years ago
This RFE has a patch and a 'r' from Akkana (although it would be better to
extend it immediately to the mail-compose window, to avoid another bug & patch).
Can we check it in Mozilla 1.3a (1.2 is already out) ?

Comment 27

15 years ago
sure. let me refresh this patch and add support for mail compose and repost.

Comment 28

15 years ago
Safari (the new Apple-browser) uses Cmd+, so it's not a typo.

Comment 29

15 years ago
The latest iMovie and iPhoto also use Cmd-, so it looks like Apple is indeed
going in this direction.  A shame they decided to ignore the existing de facto
standard when creating an official standard.  iTunes still uses Cmd-Y, but I'm
guessing this will change in the next release.

Once Apple starts implementing it consistently, others will follow them, so I
guess we should too.

Comment 30

14 years ago
changing summary per comment 24, adding polish keyword, and changing milestone.
Keywords: polish
Summary: Accel-Semicolon should open Preferences (cmd-; on macos, ctrl-; on win32) → Accel-Semicolon should open Preferences (cmd-, on macos, ctrl-; on win32)
Target Milestone: mozilla1.2alpha → mozilla1.5beta

Comment 31

14 years ago
ctrl-, or ctrl-; on win32?  No precedent on that platform, so we should go with cross-platform 
consistency, unless ctrl-, is taken.  I'd like to see what Apple uses in iTunes for Windows later this 

Comment 32

14 years ago
iTunes 4.0.1 now use cmd-, too (comment 29)

Comment 33

14 years ago
iTunes for Windows uses Ctrl-, for Preferences.  I recommend we follow Apple's lead on all 
platforms.  Fixing summary to reflect this.
Summary: Accel-Semicolon should open Preferences (cmd-, on macos, ctrl-; on win32) → Accel-Comma should open Preferences (cmd-, on macos, ctrl-, on win32/linux)

Comment 34

14 years ago
this bug has been fixed on mac os x 10.3 (panther) using the latest nightly and
1.7 build (20040427). it is not fixed in mac os x 10.2 (jaguar).
Assignee: andreww → nobody
QA Contact: bugzilla → keyboard.navigation


8 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 541501


8 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 535697

Comment 37

7 years ago
Note:  Another RFE that would help multi-platform users is bug 579562:  "Alt+T, O should open the Preferences dialog even on Linux, and Alt+E, N should open the Options dialog even on Windows".


7 years ago
Duplicate of this bug: 579562
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