Keyboard combos in menus don't look very keyboardy

Bug #691186 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2010-12-16
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Otto Greenslade
gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu)
light-themes (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: light-themes

In Light theme menus, the only difference in appearance between a keyboard combo and the rest of a menu item is that the keyboard combo is less saturated.

It's possible that a keyboard combo could be more obvious, more understandable, and less distracting, if it is presented as something that looks more like keys.

For example, the "Ctrl++" keyboard combo for zooming in on something could be presented as [Ctrl‬] [+].

Changed in ayatana-design:
assignee: nobody → Otto Greenslade (otto-chaotic)
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

The key combinations have to look 'keyboardy' in order to be more understandable? I don't think so... I believe they are obvious enough.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

I haven't surveyed it (though I guess neither have you). But if I had a dollar for every person to whom I've pointed out keyboard shortcuts in menus, who has said "Oh, is that what those things are?", I'd have enough for a good meal.

Andrea Cimitan (cimi) wrote :

I don't have a won't fix for this, but it's a gtk+ bug

Changed in light-themes (Ubuntu):
status: New → Opinion
status: Opinion → Invalid
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gtk+3.0 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Greg Merchan (gregory-merchan) wrote :

U+20E3 for combining enclosing keycap
U+21E7 for Shift
U+2387 for Alt
U+2388 for Control (This is now feature on many keyboards since MS adopted it.)

So, Shift+Ctrl+S could look like ⇧⎈S or ⇧⃣⎈⃣S⃣ (I wonder how that will look on launchpad once I post the comment.)

Home, Escape, function keys, etc. are trickier.

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