Global Shortcuts

Andras Mantia amantia at
Mon Mar 17 18:45:26 GMT 2008

On Monday 17 March 2008, Michael Jansen wrote:
>    No global shortcuts without my consent. Basta. A application is
> allowed to advertise actions it thinks are appropriate for global
> shortcuts, and give default values, but after starting the
> application the first time they arent active. It's opt-in.

I somewhat support this for applications (not the desktop/workspace 
components). For example it annoyed me a lot that recently
CTRL-SHIFT-I does not un-indent in Katepart apps. After a while I looked
at the global shortcuts and saw it is used by some app (Kopete, IIRC). 
This is the annoying behavior of the global shortcuts. If the app would 
have offer me to accept its shortcuts or not on the first run, I may 
have found much earlier what's the problem. The same would have happened
if instead of silently failing in Katepart, I would get a "conflicting 
shortcuts" dialog, so I can choose if I want to use that shortcut as 
a global one or as Katepart specific.
 Showing such an "opt-in" dialog should work for apps that are not 
accessible in other ways, but global shortcuts.
 Showing the "conflict" dialogs helps if you accepted the shortcuts, or 
start to use a new app which has local shortcuts already taken up by 
global ones.


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