Questions tagged [keyboard]

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Why are the keys on a keyboard square?

Some of the keys on a keyboard are rectangular in shape, and the Enter key is often a strange shape, but the majority of keys are square. But there could be other possible shapes for those keys. For ...
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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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Is it good to change keyboard's input language automatically in JavaScript?

In some websites, there are forms to be filled by the end-user. In multilingual contexts, some developers try to change the input language of the keyboard or hook to the field that should be filled ...
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Why do physical keyboards still have built-in numpads?

Normally I use a wireless keyboard without a number pad and a mouse right next to it. Having started a new job, I was finding my right arm somewhat more sore. This was confusing until I realized: ...
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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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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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Should I use the name “Enter” or “Return” key?

I'm trying to list the what various keys do inside the documentation for my CLI program, but I'm not sure what to refer to this key as. It is commonly referred to as either Enter or Return, but which ...
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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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Why is the caps lock key often so big on a keyboard?

It seems that the caps lock key is not a frequently used key on a computer keyboard yet on all the keyboards I have used, it is afforded a significant amount of interface real estate, often as much as ...
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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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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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Why are keyboard keys staggered?

In every keyboard that I have used, the keys are arranged so that the keys are staggered a small increment to the left from the previous row. Q is above and slightly to the left of A, and A is above ...
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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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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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Why are keyboard numpads on the right-hand side?

All standard computer keyboards have numpad (numeric keypad) on the right-hand side. Why is it so? I have recently switched to a laptop without a numpad. This lets me have the mouse in a much more ...
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Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't the space bar have anything written on it?

All the key on the keyboard have something written on them which more or less describes their functionality, except for, traditionally, the Space bar. Why don't the majority of keyboard space bar ...
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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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Why do numpads on keyboards and phones have reversed layouts?

I came across this on the web. It's supposed to be funny, but we all know better :) So, why are the numpad layouts different, and what are the reasons behind each?
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Why are there no arrow keys on most mobile on-screen keyboards?

When typing on smartphones or tablets it is very cumbersome to move the cursor to a different position. Why is it that the onscreen keyboards on these devices usually don't have left/right arrow ...
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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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How to improve the smartphone keyboard layout?

I have loads of problems with the small keys on my smartphone as my fingers cover them completely. I guess most people have the same problem. The Qwerty keyboard layout was designed for ten-finger ...
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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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Why is 'shift + space' not popularly used?

Why isn't SHIFT+SPACE popularly utilised? Chrome uses space as "page down", and SHIFT+SPACE as "page up". However, I haven't been able to find a single occurrence of it being utilised during typing. ...
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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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Comparing mouse + Keyboard vs Touch Screen Input Devices?

Is there any research that compares the User Experience of using the mentioned Input Devices ? Thanks Edit: Basically for my dissertation i'm planning on creating a usable interface for a voting ...
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Why warn about caps lock for passwords, instead of ignoring caps lock for password characters?

Many login screens warn the user if the caps lock key is switched on. Most prominently the windows login screen. Does this offer any advantage compared to simply ignoring the caps lock key and ...
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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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ISO vs ANSI Keyboard layout to display on website

We have an on screen keyboard on our website and are debating ISO vs ANSI because we are targeting European and Nordic customers. Unfortunately the keyboard layout can not really be detected with ...
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Why do some keyboards extend the Return key up into the backslash?

Most keyboards have a rectangular Return (often labeled Enter) key. Above it they have the \ key and above that is a rectangular Backspace key. Some keyboards, however, have a weird shaped Return key ...
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Normative ordering for modifier key combinations

When indicating valid key modifier combinations to users, is there a "correct" or normative order in which to describe them? For instance, if you wanted the user to press shift and control and alt and ...
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Why do modern keyboards have Scroll Lock?

The Scroll Lock key is useless in the modern day, and some higher-end keyboards don't even have it: Same can be said for the Pause and Break keys, but however it pauses the BIOS POST output on many ...
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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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Why are there two Enter keys and two ALT keys etc… on a general windows PC's keyboard?

I am not a typing expert but I found it unusual to have some keys been repeated on keyboard. What's the logic behind this?
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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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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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Making mega-menus accessible for keyboard users

Here's the situation. A large corporate site has a mega-menu in the primary navigation. The secondary-level page areas are available from within this dropdown (in this example the secondary levels are ...
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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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Navigate web menus with keyboard on small screen?

I'm tasked with finding accessibility concerns on a webpage. The site has a main menu at the top of the page: When the user's screen is wide, all top level menu items are shown in a single row. When ...
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Universal or standard pattern of keyboard layout design

One of the arguments for having different keyboard layout designs is that they are tailored for different devices and their usage. So for example, a physical keyboard layout is often similar on a ...
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Why do most smartphones not have a physical keyboard?

The vast majority of smartphones sold today use a 'bar' or 'slate' form-factor, with a large screen which uses an on-screen keyboard. Blackberry are the one obvious manufacturer who still produce ...