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I would put this on a comment but I don't have enough reputation. In your case I believe the problem is you don't have a good UI for the small actions defined and want to solve it through keyboard shortcuts. Maybe you could rethink the whole process, simplify it an then think again about the shortcuts? Why does it take so many clicks? How many panels can ...


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Why don't mobile devices utilise keyboard shortcuts? They do! I'm using a device that does that right now. It's called a BlackBerry. While it doesn't have shortcuts for copy and paste (because there are only the letter keys, which are being used to type, and no control keys), in non text-entry situations such as reading email, shortcuts abound. 'I' and 'O' ...


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The main reason behind keyboard shortcuts is to make command selections faster. According to Fitts' Law time to point at an object depends on the distance to that object and its size. On a desktop distances between UI elements are bigger and their sizes often smaller compared to mobile versions. On top of that mobile keyboards are initially hidden and keys ...


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The shortcuts on computers exist because you have (at least) two different ways of interacting with your user interface, namely using a keyboard, and using a mouse / touch-pad. In order to switch from one to the other, you have to move your hand(s) to use the other method. Also the mouse requires precision to use correctly, something which may be difficult ...


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In general, it is useful to have shortcuts on desktops because you are use the keyboard anyway. On a smartphone or tablet on the other hand, you are not continuously using a keyboard. Therefore, you would need to open the keyboard, to be able to do certain actions, which would simply result in an extra step for the user in the process (opening the keyboard, ...


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You might want to check out the Keyboard Shortcuts design pattern at UI-Patterns.com. It includes a few examples as well.



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