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  1. #1
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    keyboard navigation, how make it usable

    Hello developers,

    I have some webapp which I like to publish also for keyboard-only devices like the 302.

    In my example I have a list:
    • Link 1
    • Link 2
    • Link 3



    You navigate with up/down/left/right.
    When I use the webapp as it is, there is a small cursor that slowly moves when I press the navigation keys.

    I hope I can give the user something more usable. When I display a list with links, I like to navigate with a single down keypress from list item 1 to list item 2, and also highlight the active list item. And of course scroll if needed. When the user then presses "fire", I want to follow the link. And of course there should be no server round trips for simple up/down navigation.

    How to create such a user experience? It looks like it is quite complex. I see only the "addNav[Up|Down|Left|Right]Listener()" methods, and it looks like it I need to add them to each list item of each key.

    Are there other ways?

    Regards

    Karsten Meier

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    Re: keyboard navigation, how make it usable

    Quote Originally Posted by internetlabor View Post
    How to create such a user experience? It looks like it is quite complex. I see only the "addNav[Up|Down|Left|Right]Listener()" methods, and it looks like it I need to add them to each list item of each key.

    Are there other ways?
    I think you've answered the question yourself - the only way to capture navigation events is through the events you've just mentioned.

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