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Add command and shortcut key to open the menu bar, for voice recognition users #3074

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aschneiderman opened this issue Oct 9, 2017 · 4 comments · Fixed by #5910
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Add command and shortcut key to open the menu bar, for voice recognition users #3074

aschneiderman opened this issue Oct 9, 2017 · 4 comments · Fixed by #5910

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@aschneiderman
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@aschneiderman aschneiderman commented Oct 9, 2017

Currently there's no way to access JupyterLab's menu -- File, etc -- without using a mouse, which makes JupyterLab very difficult to work with using voice recognition (e.g., NaturallySpeaking). Windows desktop apps usually solve this problem by letting you open a menu with Alt + first character of menu name -- e.g., Alr-f for File. This is also helpful for folks who prefer to work mostly using the keyboard.

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@sccolbert sccolbert commented Oct 9, 2017

Once you open a menu in the menu bar, you can navigate the entire thing with arrow keys like normal. If a menu item doesn't have an underlined mnemonic key, you can use the first letter of the menu item to jump to it instead.

We should add a shortcut to open the first menu in the menubar though.

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@aschneiderman aschneiderman commented Oct 9, 2017

That would be great, since being able to navigate using the keyboard as you can now isn't very helpful if you always need to use a mouse to activate it.

@sccolbert sccolbert changed the title Add shortcut keys to top level of menu, for voice recognition users Add command and shortcut key to open the menu bar, for voice recognition users Oct 9, 2017
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@sccolbert sccolbert commented Oct 9, 2017

I edited the issue title to reflect what needs to be done.

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@gnestor gnestor commented Sep 12, 2018

@aschneiderman I believe @saulshanabrook will take a stab at this 👍

Does the command palette work nicely with voice recognition? If not, what can we do to make the command palette more accessible?

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