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Archive for the ‘Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts’ Category

Foam and foil for your keyboard switches

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/02/11

You can still get foam and foil for your old keyboard switches:



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First/Last-Tab: Ctrl-1/9 (or Command-1/9): Switch Between Tabs in Any Browser Using Shortcut Keys

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/12/10

Only recently, I learned this works on just about any web-browser:

  • Ctrl-9 (macOS: Command-9) goes to LAST tab
  • Ctrl-1 (macOS: Command-1) goes go FIRST tab

Via: [WayBack] Switch Between Tabs in Any Browser Using Shortcut Keys

For those keyboard ninjas who hate using the mouse, switching between tabs in your browser window is essential since most people probably have a bunch of tabs open at once. […]

If you want to go to a specific tab, you can press CTRL + N, where N is a number between 1 and 8. Unfortunately, you can’t go past 8, so if you have more than eight tabs, you’ll have to use a different keyboard shortcut or just click on it. CTRL + 9 will take you to the last tab, even if there are more than 8!


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Yet again, GitHub violates the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines by stealing a key: not it is the dot (.)

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/08/17

More sites seem to have a tendency of stealing keyboard shortcuts and violating the WCGA (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), especially the (lowest!) conformance level A in [Wayback] WCAG version 2.1, section Success Criterion 2.1.4 Character Key Shortcuts

If a keyboard shortcut is implemented in content using only letter (including upper- and lower-case letters), punctuation, number, or symbol characters, then at least one of the following is true:

1. Turn off
mechanism is available to turn the shortcut off;
2. Remap
A mechanism is available to remap the shortcut to use one or more non-printable keyboard characters (e.g. Ctrl, Alt, etc);
3. Active only on focus
The keyboard shortcut for a user interface component is only active when that component has focus.

Mind you, I’m a keyboard person, there is even a: Keyboards and Keyboard Shortcuts category, but they always need to be configurable, anything else is a sin.

And GitHub did it again: [] GitHub on Twitter: “🤫 New shortcut: Press . on any GitHub repo.… “.

So I’m totally with these:

Now they have started to steal the dot (.) keyboard to (in-place, with a fully new URL and no indication how to easily go back) start Visual Studio Code in the current repository.

Going back, though not documented, actually takes between one and three “back” movements in your web-browser history: utterly ridiculous for a key one can accidentally hit.

This behaviour violates all three above sub-criterions:

  1. it cannot be turned off
  2. there is no way to remap it
  3. it is almost always activated (unless there a text input – like “search” or “goto file” – has focus)

This is a very bad way to cope with accessibility, especially as conformance level A is yet again violated.

[Wayback] WCAG 2.1: section 5.2.1 Conformance Level:

One of the following levels of conformance is met in full.

  • For Level A conformance (the minimum level of conformance), the Web page satisfies all the Level A Success Criteria, or a conforming alternate version is provided.
  • For Level AA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A and Level AA Success Criteria, or a Level AA conforming alternate version is provided.
  • For Level AAA conformance, the Web page satisfies all the Level A, Level AA and Level AAA Success Criteria, or a Level AAA conforming alternate version is provided.

To me another cardinal sin is that they stole Ctrl-F / Command-F (depending if you use non-MacOS or MacOS) from the web browser. So now it does not find it in the full page, but only in the currently selected file. (You guessed it, I’m with [] KewlCat on Twitter: “I hate it when they intercept “/” and even [Ctrl]-F… “ too)

More of those conformance violation sins are at [Wayback] Keyboard shortcuts – GitHub Docs.

It isn’t hard to prevent this kind of thinking: it’s a mind set as described by [] Patrick Joannisse on Twitter: “I don’t know if you are expecting a real answer but here goes: it starts with the mindset. In my training they had us wear goggles to block our vision and made us use a screen reader for a while. We met people with disabilities and they would show us how they work.… “

If you still like it and want to know how it works


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Keyboard Shortcuts, Markdown, and Autocomplete – Atlassian Documentation

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/06/14

Details at [WayBack] Keyboard Shortcuts, Markdown, and Autocomplete – Atlassian Documentation; summary:

To view all Confluence keyboard shortcuts, do any of the following:

  • Choose the help icon  from the universal sidebar, then choose Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • When viewing a page, press shift+?
  • While editing a page, choose the question mark icon from the editor toolbar.

a list of some of the most common shortcuts:


Use markdown shortcuts to format text from the comfort of your keyboard.

  1. Either:
    • Type [ and then the first few characters of the page title, user’s name, image name or file name.
    • Type the first few characters of the page title, user’s name, image name, or file name (or select relevant text) and then press ctrl+shift+k.
  2. Click the relevant link from the list of suggestions.

If the item you need is not in the list, either choose Search for ‘xxx’ to continue looking for the page within Confluence, or Insert Web Link to link to an external page.

When a Windows shortcut has Ctrl in it, the MacOS shortcut uses Command.


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Operant Conditioning by Software Bugs – Embedded in Academia

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/21

Good to remember both these:

[WayBack] Operant Conditioning by Software Bugs – Embedded in Academia which means when using a system, you subconsciously start behaving around it’s issues. This also happens when you the software you wrote the software for such a system: you hardly test the things that you broke.

The magic SysReq key on Linux systems running on PC-hardware allows you to sync/mount read-only/shutdown a system by keyboard (and many more options – see the Wikipedia list below). Do not forget to enable this as it is disabled by default. And remember that many laptops forego the SysReq key (as do Mac systems).

The order while holding Alt-SysReq down is S,U,B…

Both via [WayBack] Kristian Köhntopp – Google+


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