[uf-discuss] Mediawiki accesskey shortcut usage instructions

Andy Mabbett andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk
Wed Jul 25 15:36:37 PDT 2007

In message <C2CCF551.927A9%tantek at cs.stanford.edu>, Tantek Çelik 
<tantek at cs.stanford.edu> writes

>On 7/25/07 2:29 AM, "Andy Mabbett" <andy at pigsonthewing.org.uk> wrote:
>> In the same edit, Tantek restored instructions, such as "use CTRL S to
>> save", which I'd removed, which are OS and browser specific, on the basis
>> that they help some people.
>Actually, ctrl-s/alt-s help *the vast majority of people* who use 
>Windows or Mac for that matter, as the modern browsers on those systems 
>all support the respective ACCESSKEYs, as do most browsers on linux 
>systems as well.  90+% easily in terms of total marketshare etc.


>If you'd like to suggest improvements for how to word these efficiency 
>enhancing shortcut tips, it would be great to hear them, but summarily 
>removing them when clearly they were intended to help was a bit rude.

You're in no position to lecture me or anyone else on manners.

I do sometimes wonder why you bothered to install wiki software.

And I don't have time to list all the edits, clearly intended to help, 
which you have summarily reverted.

>> All the usability guidance I've ever read on
>> the subject, cautions against giving such advice, which is akin to saying
>> "to get coffee, turn left, then second right, then the kitchen is first
>> left". This will help everyone in the office where I work, but probably
>> won't apply to many other people reading this.
>The analogy is false as the coffee directions apply to perhaps <1% of 
>the people on this list, but the Mediawiki accesskey shortcuts apply to 
>>99% of the people on this list.

I think you've just invented that statistic. Care to prove me wrong?

Andy Mabbett

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