Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
Marc Englund of IT Mill has done a study on Keybindings in Web browsers and how compatible they all are:
Modern browsers do provide built-in ways to navigate web-pages with the keyboard, but usually you have to use multiple keystrokes to get to a link or button, before you can ‘click’ it – and although some browsers actually assign keybindings automatically, the browser simply can not know what would be a good keybinding for a specific function. And even worse: if the page changes, the keybindings might change – and they probably will.
This is of course unacceptable for web applications – imagine a secretary using a word-processor with keybindings that might change depending on the content of the document…
The problem with keybindings on the web is mostly a multiple platform problem; your users might be using one of several operation systems, with different utility-applications installed, running various browsers, and using different keyboard layouts.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 1:28 am