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[nycphp-talk] Shortcut key for a web form.

Kenneth Downs ken at secdat.com
Thu Jan 11 21:18:58 EST 2007


P Yurt wrote:
> I would like to make a shortcut key for an existing form. 
>
> How can I map a "shortcut key" to a button?  I.E. I would like
> to be able to
> press "ALT-S" or "ALT ENTER" and have my "SEND" button actions
> occur...
>   

The accesskey property of an HTML tag can be very useful.  We use them 
for common buttons.  On Firefox and IE the user hits "ALT" plus the key.

I've found a few annoyances.

First, numbers are funky because Firefox uses them to switch tabs. 

Also, I recall some trouble with overlapping definitions in IE that did 
not do what we wanted.  In firefox if you redefine a system hotkey you 
win, in IE I believe IE wins, so you get inconsistent behavior.

The worst crock I ever saw was when I asked for keyboard operation from 
somebody (when I was on the other side of the desk) and this clown came 
up with this idea that we'd hit ESC and then a key.  He made his 
programmer work very hard to get it going, which was a shame of course 
because it was useless.

> Is this a JS thing or is there some other easy way to do this? 
>
> If it is a JS thing is there a lightweight JS toolkit or script
> you can
> recommend for the job?  
>
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>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: talk-bounces at lists.nyphp.org
> [mailto:talk-bounces at lists.nyphp.org] On
> Behalf Of Michael Novak
> Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2007 5:47 PM
> To: NYPHP Talk; NYPHP Talk
> Subject: RE: [nycphp-talk] Ownership of Code
>
> Two words... Intellectual property.
>
> They may have code but are not the architect.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Keith Casey" <mailinglists at caseysoftware.com>
> To: "NYPHP Talk" <talk at lists.nyphp.org>
> Sent: 1/11/2007 7:36 PM
> Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] Ownership of Code
>
> On 1/11/07, inforequest <1j0lkq002 at sneakemail.com> wrote:
>   
>> Copyright is not ownership. One can "own" something yet not
>>     
> have the
>   
>> copyright(s). One can control the copyright(s) of something
>>     
> without
>   
>> owning it.
>>     
>
> Correct.  You can own a book but not own the copyright.  You can
> manage (have permission to create licenses for ) a copyright but
> not
> own it.  My main point was demonstrating that ownership and
> usage are
> two different things.
>
> But you can never, never, never grant permissions 
> [truncated by sender]
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