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Display multi-keystroke key bindings in menu item's label #19423

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commented May 31, 2019

Closes #5343

This pull request introduces a workaround to a limitation in Electron's accelerator system, which refutes to display shortcuts for a menu item when it is a multi-keystroke key binding.

I performed a brief investigation of what it would take to fix this upstream in Electron, but unfortunately the shortcut code lives within libchromiumcontent and it would be a major undertaking to replace Chromium's system with a custom one.

Instead, with these changes, multi-keystroke keybindings will be displayed next to the item's label:

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This is clearly a suboptimal choice in terms of how these shortcuts will be rendered, but there is at least one precedent for it in Visual Studio Code (see microsoft/vscode#30617). Considering that it does not impact the UX in any way (shortcuts will continue to work as they did before), I think this is an acceptable workaround that will help users find which keystrokes a menu item maps to.

@as-cii as-cii requested review from nathansobo and rafeca May 31, 2019

@as-cii as-cii self-assigned this May 31, 2019

@as-cii as-cii force-pushed the as/multi-stroke-accelerators branch from dbefbbc to b04695e May 31, 2019


rafeca approved these changes Jun 3, 2019

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The solution is not ideal, but it's a nice workaround.

I could not find any related issue on Electron about this, should we create one and link to it on the comment?

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@as-cii as-cii merged commit 6b9b4f9 into master Jun 3, 2019

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