Leave my keys alone!
Friday, 1 October 2004
I like the guys at spreadfirefox.com. They have build a great website to promote my favorite browser. There is however one little thing that annoys me enormously.
I’m an old IE user. I am entirely used to the keyboard combination used by IE and one of the things I like about FireFox is that the key combinations are the same. For example if I type Alt + D I expect the URL of the current page to be selected in the address bar. Simply press Alt + D and type the URL you want to go to.
It’s a feature I used so often that it is no longer something I think about. I automatically do it, without even realizing. This is one of the reasons I never used the old Mozilla Suite as my main browser. Traditionally Mozilla used Ctrl + L for the same purpose. I simply never got the hang of it.
Luckily the FireFox developers, in their enourmous wisdom, decided to add Alt + D to the keyboard combinations. I’m not saying this is the reason I switched to Firefox, but it did make me feel right at home.
Spreadfirefox.com uses the HTML accesskeys functionality to define keyboard shortcuts to some of their pages. For example:
Alt + S = Spread the word
Alt + D = Make a donation
Alt + V = Volunteer
Alt + F = Forums
Alt + M = My Page
If you look closely at that list you can see, they’ve not only redefined Alt + D. But the keyboard shortcuts for the File menu and the View menus as well. I know they would like you to spend a long time at their website, but annoying visitors that want to leave…. well, that’s not really good insentive to stay a bit longer at their website… I’m blowing this, of course, way out of proportion, but still… it annoyed me. On the other hand… it gave me something to write about…