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Re^6: Better keyboard-driven navigation, any?

by blazar (Canon)
on Jul 23, 2008 at 06:32 UTC ( #699581=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^5: Better keyboard-driven navigation, any?
in thread Better keyboard-driven navigation, any?

I personally believe that for once I have to disagree with you harshly. Or else, I'm failing to see your point completely, which is perfectly possible. Perhaps I should repeat once again what I've written several times all over this thread, and one last time just a few seconds ago: I'm a guy who happily -and I think, by all means, efficiently- uses both the keyboard and the mouse, with a strong preference for the former. These habits include many task and in particular but not exclusively navigating some sites, and are perfectly tailored on me.

Now I know by relatively recent experience with some sites that should PM offer some more keyboard driven navigation facilities, then my experience of it would even be better than it is now: even more so in the particular situation described in the root node.

In particular I'm not asking of, say, phasing out mouse driven navigation in favour of keyboard driven one: I'm just meditating about the possibility of making the latter more efficient and pleasant for the sake of giving more alternatives to enjoy the site: please compare the hypothetical sequence of keystrokes described in Re^4: Better keyboard-driven navigation, any? with the corresponding flow of actions performed with the mouse. I would have, e.g. reading a thread:

  1. keyboard: (read) + press n, (read) + press n, (read) - press p then a (read) press n, (a few times) press+;
  2. mouse:(read) accurately locate the ++ button and click on it, scroll down, (read) scroll up a little bit because the post is particularly long, then accurately locate the ++ button and click on it, scroll down (read) accurately locate the -- button and click on it, scroll up quite a little bit to find the parent, (read) scroll down again to find the child node, accurately locate the ++ button and click on it.

Now, imagine all this done not with a keyboard laying on a surface, but with a device held with your hands while lying in bed in ever changing and possibly awkward positions (that's it!) and not a real mouse, but a mousepad instead, with which the "accurately" bit becomes all more complex. Oh, and using a real mouse (or trackball or...) wouldn't help either, since it would be even more difficult to have to hold the device with one hand, and move the other one to an external device, back and forth all the time...


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