[texworks] Feature request: better keyboard shortcuts

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at me.com
Wed Apr 14 11:23:12 CEST 2010

Le 14 avr. 2010 à 09:39, Alain Delmotte a écrit :

>> TeXworks does not provide keyboard shortcuts for the menu bar, which are normally accessed with the ALT key (Alt-F = File menu, etc.).  Perhaps this is not considered necessary since many commands have their own shortcuts (Ctrl-S = save, etc.)--but not all of them do.  Unless we want to give every command its own shortcut (probably not realistic or easy to remember), let's add the usual shortcuts to the main menu bar and the items on each menu (with an underlined letter).  I think many TeX users are good keyboardists who would make use of the additional shortcuts.
> That I proposed some time ago (October-December 2008); but it seems that Jonathan is not used to accelerators, shortcuts,...

It never occurred to me before that there could be shortcuts for such things. Probably a cultural thing, on the Mac I don't think shortcuts are that much used. And I've no idea what an accelerator is.

Looking deeper, it turns out such wide-ranging shortcuts on the Mac are dealt with at the OS level, in the Keyboard system pref pane, and that there's indeed a shortcut Ctrl-F2 to move the focus to the menu bar (then the arrow keys allows navigating from one menu to another and inside each menu):

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Accordingly, I suspect making TeXworks handle this on its own would create problems.

Bruno Voisin

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