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Does the windows key only operate on release?

I noticed that the windows button only activates when you are no longer pressing down on it. However, I have found no documentation or article to verify that that this is either inherently true, or ...
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Stenograph symbol based keyboard input?

In terms of user experience is there a stenograph input that is based on symbols and not phonetic translation? This would be similar to Chinese input mechanisms with a symbol based input and a not a ...
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Why is the keyboard navigation and selection different for a group of checkboxes vs radio?

We are working on a multi-step survey flow that involves both single select radio options and multi-select checkbox options. We want to make sure it is easy to use for Keyboard users and have been ...
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Making an intuitive keyboard with only a joystick and a few buttons

I have an 8 direction joystick and a few buttons, layed out like an original ps1 controller but with a joystick instead of the d-pad. I am trying to come up with an intuitive on-screen keyboard that's ...
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Keyboard navigation over repeating informational elements

I have a UI like this. The user navigates through a list of people. To the right, there are two labels: Assigned and Active. A mouse user can click on the label to see some help text, as shown on the ...
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Does including a Konami-code triggered Easter Egg negatively impact keyboard accessibility?

On an open-source project I'm involved in, one of our devs added a mini-game for April Fools Day, which could be opened and played by pressing the Konami Code sequence on your keyboard (up, up, down, ...
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Best practices/rationale for unified vs separate keyboard/mouse navigation of lists?

Context I'm in the process of designing/implementing a filterable object creation palette with categorized results for a visual content creation application. I'm trying to decide how to handle ...
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Reason for difference in behaviour of autcomplete interactions in input fields

There seems to be two different schools of thought when it comes to the autocompletion of input fields and I am wondering if there is a particular reason or rationale for each. Basically, when the ...
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Page of carousels - Skip links / best keyboard navigation

This question relates to UX with keyboard navigation and a11y for screen reader users. We have an app that uses multiple carousels of movies, similar to Netflix or Disney+, with their respective ...
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Why do France, Belgium, and Luxembourg use the AZERTY keyboard? What is the historical origin of this layout?

Most countries in the world use the QWERTY keyboard. Also, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) countries: Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Czech ...
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Which event type is preferable for keyboard interactions, "key up" or "key down"?

When implementing keyboard interactions, platforms provide two kinds of event: "key up" and "key down". For example: The browser provides keyup and keydown. macOS provides NSEvent....
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Why isn't the apostrophe on the 'front page' of mobile virtual keyboards?

In terms of punctuation marks the apostrophe, must be used almost as much as commas or full stops. Yet it doesn't get a front screen ( single press ) on either of the mobile keyboards I have loaded (...
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Are there any benefits of Click or Tap Volume?

I can't think of any benefit to emit an audible sound when one clicks or taps on a touchscreen or desktop. However, I have dealt with legacy products that have done this, not just on destructive ...
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Collapsible navigation sidebar and Bootstrap Dropdown, are these similar?

This is a control panel for administrators. The collapsible sidebar you see below contains links to other pages related to administration. This image shows me navigating with the TAB key, ...
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Focus behavior in a modal navigation drawer?

How should focus ideally behave in a modal navigation drawer (much like the one from Material Design)? The modal would appear when I webpage is viewed on a small screen, be opened using a hamburger ...
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Enter key action on modal dialogs

The action of the Escape key on a modal dialog is clear in that it closes the dialog, effectively clicking a 'Cancel' button or similar. However, what is the current consensus of the Enter key while ...
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Soft input panel for 480x320 LCD screen

I'm working on a Qt-based C++ project. The project includes a 480x320 TFT LCD screen for display. The screen is also capacitive and used for touch-based input. The screen is about the size of a credit ...
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For a command to increase something, should instructions refer to the "+" key or the "=" key?

Our software uses the =/+ and -/_ keys for opposite tasks. For example, increasing or decreasing a value, or zooming in or out. No modifier keys are used. Here is the conundrum: If we refer to it as ...
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Tab order through a matrix of radio buttons

I'm building an HTML form where the user can select one of three options for each day of the week. The wireframe proposed by the designer looks like this: a matrix of radio buttons, with columns for ...
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Which platforms support a Hyper modifier key?

I've seen that some platforms support the modifier key Hyper (separate from Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Super/Cmd/Windows modifier keys). While this is not a common modifier, It's available in X11, and I read ...
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Has there been any research on one-handed Dvorak layout and smartphone (swipe) keyboard travel distance?

The Dvorak simplified keyboard is optimised for low finger travel distance, leading to faster typing and less wrist pain compared to the Qwerty layout. On a smartphone, most people effectively only ...
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What's the point of deactivating Num Lock on login screens? [closed]

Many login screens automatically deactivate the Num Lock key on the keyboard before the user can enter their password. This is extremely frustrating for the user as they involuntarily type their ...
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Availability of tooltip text for keyboard users

I am programming a desktop application and I use some icon-buttons without labels. I do not want to use Labels because of layout. So I set to every icon a descriptive tooltip text, because some icons ...
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What is the best mobile keyboard for alphanumeric input type?

I need to set the most user-friendly keyboard for anyone who enters his car's license plate number. In the country I develop for, those are alphanumeric. There are other countries that use numbers ...
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Keyboard Shortcut For "Delay"

I'm currently building a web application which does task management. A very common function is to "delay" the current task, which means it will be postponed until some point in the future. There's ...
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Which would be the logical way for shortcuts for up down left right arrows keys in a keyboard

What would be the more intuitive way to wire [←] [→] [↑] [↓] keys to the left side of the keyboard for shortcuts? Currently, my app is mirroring the behaviour with the key e (up) d (down) s (left) ...
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What negative impacts changing language automatically in input fields can have on UX?

For users who use more than one language a common pattern happens when they enter data into the computer: They write in one language until it's necessary to write in another language They use ...
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How the fastest Spanish keyboard users type accent marks and Spanish-specific characters

Wondering what a proficient, super skilled Spanish text/copy editor individual does to type accents like á and tilde's like ñ. Wondering if they, on a Mac, would use the popup that appears if you hold ...
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Is there a universally recognizable, OS agnostic glyph for the Super key?

The reason I'm asking is trivial, but I can't come up with a better place to ask. I bought a keyboard that has Super keys with the vendor logo printed on them. I've been meaning to replace them with ...
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Is there a default behaviour for pressing the ENTER key on an IM dialog?

I believe that back when IM messages tended to be shorter, or at least when Twitter popularized the 120 character (or is it 140 now) limit, it made sense that the ENTER key would double up as a SAVE/...
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Preferential behaviour for displaying empty row states

Given a UI component is part of a control used to manage a collection of business items - in this case cargo's in a manifest - I'm trying to explore the preferential behaviour for the component when ...
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Inform user to press escape key

We have a rich text editor that has become fairly complicated due to client requirements. Because of this I have created the functionality of pressing the ESC key to exit the current element. ...
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What are the options beyond the keyboard, for truly good quality text input?

I am currently typing this through gesture typing. That is how I do essentially all text input these days, but despite years of experience, clearly a keyboard is way better. But the other realities ...
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It is a good idea to use a cta button on a search bar for an app?

In our company we’re creating an app about apply for jobs. Its main features and functionalities are: search all kind of jobs, list of results, and of course apply among other things. The home page ...
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How come there's no standard way to submit a web form with the keyboard?

I know that in general you can hit Enter while focused on a form field to submit a form. However certain elements like selects and textareas break this behavior. How come we don't have a web standard ...
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Designing an array of buttons

Now I’m designing a single-view mobile application for iOS. The view contains a text area at the top, and an array of buttons for users to input characters. I’m deciding the layout of the buttons so ...
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Lengthy forms with scroll (on Web)

Is there any recommended way to tackle very lengthy forms, with long scrolls? I'm talking about web interface. My use case requires the user to fill up a lengthy form for each operation ("operation" ...
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Why do some laptops have such poor keyboards? [closed]

Poor being: lack of travel on keys non standard layouts (not matching a standard keyboard layout) Do people buy them without checking what they are like to type on ?
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Is focus outline useful on elements that can't be focused with tab?

I heard that: using tabindex="-1" makes an element not accessible via tab, but still focusable manually focus should be visible In a situation with navigation on top, with links that cause the page ...
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Tap, Tap, Tap or Keyboard Entry

We are doing an internal makeover to our existing Timesheet Mac app. In that I ran into a situation where I have to decide either of the below options. Option A : Tap, Tap, Tap Like the smartphone ...
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Pin code - accessible mode

I'm working on the login and login creation of a secured website. It's the kind of login where a keypad is displayed, all the numbers are in a random order and you need to click on them. (ugly) ...
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Should plus move item in a tree structure up or down?

Let's say that user selected item in a tree structure component and hits +. We want to enable her to move items in this structure and we wonder: is it more idiomatic to move the item downwards or ...
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Semantic names for shift-click and ctrl(or cmd)-click?

I'm implementing something that uses shift-click and ctrl-click (cmd on the Mac) in the normal way. Shift-click lets you select a range of elements and ctrl-click lets you toggle the selection of ...
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Why don't mobile keyboards have a delete button?

We can install additional third-party keyboards to get a delete button. But I wonder why we don't have it out of box? Is there any research that shows the delete key is less used compared to other ...
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Is there any UX study that explains and (dis?)proves the benefits of the Touch Bar on new MacBook Pros?

I am a programmer, UX designer, and love the semi-structured approach the touch bar has offered to user interfaces, especially when contrasted to the "anything goes, your finger is a mouse" design ...
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Support of keyboard in application designed primarily for tablets

I design application for Windows tablet (touch interactions). The application can be also installed on a desktop or laptop. I need to decide if we should support keyboard as input. The flow in the ...
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Is it ok to replace Trash button with Done button during editing? (iOS)

This image explains UX of my app: There is a view where the user can type a text. User can delete a note with "Trash" button. When user touches the view application switches into the ...
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Why do we have both backspace and delete keys on most keyboards?

I wonder why both backspace and delete keys exist on so many keyboards. For example, the commonly used 104-key PC US English QWERTY keyboard: Personally I prefer backspace, and would only use delete ...
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Is there any research that shows most common punctuation usage for numbers?

Context: I've got an iOS keyboard app that's a numpad. We recently, after a lot of user feedback, added four additional keys: period, comma, space, and return. The day we released that feedback ...
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What are the most common special characters used in email addresses?

I'm working on an onscreen keyboard for a kiosk-type application where the user can type in their email address using that keyboard. We will have a 'more symbols' type button to toggle the keyboard ...
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