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Design by the principle of least surprise. The user pressed the tab key 99.999% of the time this was not an error. So what do they expect? Consistency heuristic would guide that users expect same behaviour as their most familiar platform - if they actually know the behaviour in that platform. For something this subtle that would be the minority. User ...


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First off, for accessibility reasons it is really important that the Tab key instantly goes to the next item in a form (based on a Tab order that makes sense -- Left to Right, Top to Bottom) I know this isn't your question but I wanted to make sure people didn't suggest preventing the TAB key from registering or any such non-sense. If a combo box has focus ...


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You've listed two possible behaviors: mimicking an enter key or mimicking an escape key. Have you considered doing nothing at all? Just discard the keystroke as inappropriate for the particular control (combobox) in its current state (option-list-showing). As long as your combobox doesn't automatically show its option list when it gets the focus, then ...


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Apple uses the gear for 'Actions'. For preferences Apple uses an image of several gears (instead of just one).


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Companies such as Apple and Facebook can somewhat get away with being trendsetters and dictating behaviour to their users. This is because they have such market penetration and users will spend more time using them than others. ie, if you propose a different 'Like' button behaviour on your low-traffic website than Facebook or Google+ do, then you are likely ...


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for a first-time user, who never worked with any computer, its really confusing I don't think that's Apple's target demographic. For that matter, I don't think that, in 2014, that's any OS manufacturers target demographic. So, if accommodating that demographic results in a cluttered UI for others, it's understandable why they may omit it. As for ...



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