With the offline programs the convention (at least in English) is to type Ctrl+S to save a document. However, in many online web(app)s the convention is to type Ctrl+Enter to submit the current form, normally used for comments. However, Shift+Enter might be used to NOT submit a form.

The thing is quite complicated, and it highly depends on each page to provide a shortcut for submitting the current form. This is okay in empty <textarea>s since they can provide a placeholder to explain this, but not so much when editing. So the question is:

Is the Ctrl+S shortcut still relevant for websites when editing a document such as a blog post or other long texts? (overwriting the 'save this page' functionality)

  • What website are you using? I think your question is website specific
    – TheSD
    Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 15:22
  • Why not use Autosave?
    – Adit Gupta
    Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 15:27
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    Autosave is a good idea, also once you start messing with browser shortcuts, you start detracting from the user experience.
    – Varedis
    Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 15:30
  • I am not thinking of a website specific site, I am trying to find if there's a common used 'standard' for saving websites as there is in programs. Autosave was considered, but it's not always applicable (and in this case it's not). Commented Jul 30, 2015 at 16:19

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You may find this information helpful:

  • Wordpress uses Ctrl+S to save a draft when creating or editing a post.

  • According to https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/42197?hl=en, Blogger uses Ctrl+s to "Autosave and keep editing"

  • A quick google search of "ctrl s WYSIWYG" reveals that other WYSIWYG editors also use this functionality

I'm giving no opinion here as to whether this is a good idea, but it seems that ctrl+S is at least somewhat common for saving forms in web based applications.

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