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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 Jul 30 '15 at 15:22
  • Why not use Autosave? – Adit Gupta Jul 30 '15 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 Jul 30 '15 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). – Francisco Presencia Jul 30 '15 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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