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Keyboard shortcuts and the ellipsis character
Authored by: Phosphor on Oct 14, '08 11:23:32AM
"It's not OS-level, it's Application-level. The keys seem to be stored in the application's preferences file."
That's an arguable contention, but which ever the case, it sets a bad precedent, because they're NOT the same. Mark my words: Somewhere down the line, this kind of "user convenience" will cause trouble for somebody, somewhere. And then it'll be up to those of us who worry about such things to sort it out for those who think it shouldn't make any difference. And we'll have to do it ovewr and over and over again, because those same people are the ones who don't read FAQs or pay much attention to what they're doing or what goes on beneath the scant surface of what they see happening on-screen.

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Keyboard shortcuts and the ellipsis character
Authored by: drudus on Oct 14, '08 08:01:22PM

Keyboard shortcuts are very useful for adding shortcuts to the Services>Speech>Start Speaking textů menu item.

I demo'ed this to someone with visual impairments on 10.4. It failed to work because I forgot that it needed an ellipsis not three periods ... At the time I was unaware that the ellipsis shortcut was [alt +;] Using 'character palette' was the only way to find an ellipsis, not a simple task if you are the one with the visual impairment. (go try it)

The new version simply makes it easier for novice users to enter what they see onscreen.

Reading the manual is always best, but not everything is documented. These small steps are what makes the Mac OS more user friendly to more people, especially those with little understanding of typographic nuances.

I imagine Apple will ultimately get around to allowing users to 'click add keyboard shortcut' then find the item in whatever menu, whilst displaying an 'elastic string' to illustrate the connection. Similar to the way Interface Builder wires outputs & inputs to menu items etc.

Asking user to type what they see can give unexpected results especially if you are a smart arse who always knows best.

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