This is rudimentary software user experience protocol… that somehow has been lost in modern times. This sh*t was incredibly important in the early software and computer days. Essential functions. And, they still are.
There also be a logical tab-through queue path based on what the user is most likely to utilize in order for EACH window.
This mentality needs to also be extended to search cues and ‘Enter’.
They Key Commands window is the perfect example of this:
1.) It’s great that it shows last used key command, but if I’m opening up the key command window it’s probably to search for something. So why not have search automatically cued? 9/10 I am searching.
2.) Search is cued, I type what I want to search. I hit ‘Enter’ it searches. Great, but the way people use search is they use a keyword that they think will eventually lock on to what they are searching for - there may be multiple functions that contain this keyword however, liked ‘Copy’, so they need to search it more than once. Yet, hitting ‘Enter’ a second time, does not re-search. Instead, it goes straight to ‘Okay’ and closes the key command window. I should be able to hit ‘Enter’ multiple times, and then Tab out of search when I’ve found what I needed.
Let’s say for whatever reason, they can’t have it so that search is automatically cued when key commands is opened.
Okay fine, let us Tab to it right? You’d think it would be one of the first in line in the Tab queue if not first. nope.
For whatever reason, first in tab queue is ‘Type in Key’ to add a key bind to something.
Next in the Tab queue, is ‘Okay’ (takes you out of ‘Type in Key’ cue) ‘Reset All’, then ‘Show Macros’, THEN ‘Search’…
-‘Type in Key’
I have - never - utilized Tab in Key Commands window for this order.
-Search bar should be automatically cued when key commands opened, if not, it should be the first #1 in Tab queue
-‘Type in Key’ should be second or third
-Commands list should be second or third so that the user can up/down arrow key through the commands they’ve searched
-‘Okay’ Should be 4th.
‘Reset All’ and ‘Show Macros’ shouldn’t even be in the Tab cue order.
I’m not sure if this changed in 10.5 as I’m still on 10, but nonetheless, I’m just using this as an example of how things were recently in Key Commands, and how more thought could be put into this in all windows/prompts.