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Re: Comments --> Pop-up application menu by function key

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: Comments --> Pop-up application menu by function key
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 17:07:25 +0200 (CEST)

Jeff Sciortino wrote:
> Pascal Bourguignon wrote:
> > OpenStep does  not specify anything concerning function  keys. I would
> > not mind if the GNUstep Preference application would allow the user to
> > configure  some function  key to  pop  up the  application menu,  like
> > WindowMaker does, and then allowing navigating in it with cursor keys.
> > (This should probably go to  the NSApplication object, in its handling
> > of events, and with perhaps some additions to NSMenu).
> >
> Actually, Opentstep lets you make any keyboard equivalent for a menu item you 
> want. You just tell it in preferences what the command is and what the 
> shortcut will be, and voila! any application with that command will have that 
> shortcut. One of my favorite OS features. Lets you customize your look and 
> feel.

Exactly, which  is enough to avoid  moving the hands  off the keyboard
for most functions. 

However, the ability to call up the menu and browse it without a mouse
may be useful.

In OPENSTEP, they added such a feature for the buttons in windows with
ugly dotted frame rect in the selected button. In my opinion, it would
be  better to  do  it as  WindowMaker  does it  in  its menus,  merely
highlight the current menu item, or the current button. That's already
the way  it shows up  when the  mouse is pressed  on a button  so that
should be ok GUI-wise.

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