Adium

Opened 12 years ago

Closed 12 years ago

Last modified 12 years ago

#9611 closed enhancement (fixed)

Add opt+cmd+arrows option to switch tabs

Reported by: mmcaulay Owned by: nobody
Milestone: Adium 1.3 Component: Adium UI
Version: Severity: normal
Keywords: Cc:
Patch Status:

Description

It would make life easier if I could switch tabs using opt+cmd+arrows since that is what I'm used to from firefox (and also iterm, which I set up to match firefox).

Change History (10)

comment:1 Changed 12 years ago by Jordan

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

We currently allow the use of all the keyboard shortcuts used to switch tabs in OS X apps - if we expanded this to work with every single third party app, then we would have a very (and unnecessarily) long list.

comment:2 Changed 12 years ago by Joakim

This issue is really bugging me, making me annoyed at Adium. I'm either switching tabs unintentionally (cmd+arrows/shift+cmd+arrows) or finding it hard to switch tabs (cmd+brackets/cmd+curly brackets).

I see your reasons for not adding any number of keyboard shortcuts to accommodat to all user habbits. But Firefox is one of the most popular and widely used applications around, and I think opt+cmd+arrows is something a lot of Adium users would appreciate.

If it's out of the question to add opt+cmd+arrows, what about allowing the user to specify his/her own combination by holding down the keys? I've seen this used in OS X and other applications.. You could even expand on this and add a Keyboard element under Advanced in Preferences, allowing the user to set shortcuts for a number of actions in Adium. Maybe even global ones?

Thanks for the wonderful IM app (the best on any platform), and for listening :)

comment:3 Changed 12 years ago by Jordan

We *could* use a "click to record shortcut" but it would get messy because then people would need to do it for both back and forward - imagine the number of people who would be visiting prefs and accidentally set them to the wrong thing... hitting certain keys while typing would completely mess them up as their tabs would switch rather than be typing a message!

Why doesn't Firefox just adhere to the same shortcuts that all other OS X apps use? That was my point above... rather than adhering to every single non-conforming shortcut that every app using tabs could make use of, why don't they start using the same shortcuts as the existing OS X apps?

comment:4 Changed 12 years ago by Joakim

Ok, I agree on the "record shortcut" widget, it's maybe too much for this particular scenario.

Here are my thought on the different alternatives..

Arrows (cmd+left and cmd+right): Would be fine in most situations, but when working with text in a textfield. Doing cmd+left/right, I expect the carrier to go to the beginning or the end of the line (like Home and End). Maybe this is only on laptops that lack Home and End keys, but there are plenty of MacBook users out there.

Shift + Arrows (cmd+shift+left and cmd+shift+right): Same as above, except I would expect to select all text to the left or right of the carrier. This is particularily useful when chatting.

Brackets (cmd+alt+8 and cmd+alt+9): Very illogical and unintuitive. At least hard to get used to, I never have.

Curly braces (cmd+shift+alt+8 and cmd+shift+alt+9): Same as above, only worse because it involves another button being pushed. Like playing Twister with your fingers :P

Firefox style (cmd+opt+left and cmd+opt+right): Leaves all other useful key combinations untouched and allows you to switch tabs swiftly without playing Twister on your MacBook keyboard. Millions of Firefox users are used to this.

I don't know why Firefox didn't go with the standard combinations, but I have a feeling it's because of the reasons I've mentioned above - basically usability issues.

comment:5 Changed 12 years ago by Zachary West

Milestone: Adium X 1.3.1
Resolution: wontfix
Status: closedreopened

I don't see the harm in adding (yet another) one.

comment:6 Changed 12 years ago by Zachary West

Resolution: fixed
Status: reopenedclosed

(In [23241]) Add command+option+arrows to the tab switching preferences. Fixes #9611.

comment:7 Changed 12 years ago by Zachary West

Milestone: Adium X 1.3.1Adium X 1.3

comment:8 in reply to:  4 ; Changed 12 years ago by Zachary West

Replying to ximo:

Brackets (cmd+alt+8 and cmd+alt+9): Very illogical and unintuitive. At least hard to get used to, I never have.

Curly braces (cmd+shift+alt+8 and cmd+shift+alt+9): Same as above, only worse because it involves another button being pushed. Like playing Twister with your fingers :P

On my enUS keyboard, braces and brackets are to the right of the P key, not at 8 and 9; they are the easiest and my choice of shortcut.

comment:9 Changed 12 years ago by MarkSkritz

I fine with the shortcuts as they are but keeping in spirit with OS X, Shouldn't Command+Tilda be an option as well. Command tilda is the like Command+Tab but the only difference is Tab switches between applications, Tilda switches between current application windows.

Only reason I brought this up is because after writing this http://pastebin.ca/1002566(If you watch the tekzilla podcast, youll know what the post is about) I ran into this ticket and thought Command+Tilda would fit perfect here.

Anyways, good day Adium crew

comment:10 in reply to:  8 Changed 12 years ago by Joakim

Replying to zacw:

On my enUS keyboard, braces and brackets are to the right of the P key, not at 8 and 9; they are the easiest and my choice of shortcut.

Aha. I'm on a Norwegian keyboard, that's why it's on the 8 and 9 keys for me. With all different kinds of keyboard layouts out there, opt+cmd+arrows will always be the same though.

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