File menu and Filter field in about:config have same accesskey




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8 years ago
6 years ago


(Reporter: severinbreuer, Unassigned)



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(Whiteboard: [testday-20110603][FIXED by bug 502492])



8 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2b5) Gecko/20091204 Firefox/3.6b5 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.2b5) Gecko/20091204 Firefox/3.6b5 (.NET CLR 3.5.30729)

The File menu and the Filter field in the about:config window both have F as their accesskey, thus preventing use of the accesskey combo to access the latter.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open about:config.
2. Press Alt+F (in windows. Don't know if this conflict exists in Mac or Linux).
Actual Results:  
File menu opens.

Expected Results:  
This is, I suppose, expected behavior for typing Alt+F. Menu key combos should probably have priority over any lower-level conflicting key combos. The overall expected behavior would be the Filter field having a different accesskey that doesn't conflict with any other default browser accesskeys (I, L, and R would appear to work sans conflict).

The Filter field should be assigned a different accesskey so that it too can be accessed from the keyboard. If no such available letter can be found, the accesskey indicator (i.e. the underlined F) should be removed from the about:config Filter field.

As it is, the Filter field is still available via keyboard through the use of the Tab key, and most users won't encounter this problem, so I'm classifying this as Minor. But menu accesskeys are a pretty basic aspect of program functionality and accessibility, and this should be an easy fix, so I hope this is resolved.

Comment 1

7 years ago
I can confirm this also in SeaMonkey Trunk 2.1a2.

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.9.3a5pre) Gecko/20100519 SeaMonkey/2.1a2pre


7 years ago
Version: unspecified → 3.6 Branch

Comment 2

6 years ago
Just confirming the condition still exists in ...

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20110511 Firefox/4.0.1 SeaMonkey/2.1

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:2.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0.1

Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:6.0a1) Gecko/20110517 Firefox/6.0a1

Comment 3

6 years ago
Confirming on FF 6.0a2, english version on Linux. F letter in File and Filter are both underlined, but File is chosen on Alt-F.
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows XP → All
Hardware: x86 → All
Whiteboard: [testday-20110603]
Version: 3.6 Branch → Trunk

Comment 4

6 years ago
This may get fixed by bug 502492 which proposes other string and shortcut for the filter.
Depends on: 502492

Comment 5

6 years ago
Fix for bug 502492 was merged for Firefox 11 today. Try in tomorrow's Nightly version if this problem here was solved too.
Whiteboard: [testday-20110603] → [testday-20110603][CLOSEME 2011-12-15]

Comment 6

6 years ago
The change to Search is stuck permanently, so this is not longer relevant.
Last Resolved: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Whiteboard: [testday-20110603][CLOSEME 2011-12-15] → [testday-20110603][FIXED by bug 502492]
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