[whatwg] Thoughts on Context and Popup Menus for Web Applications
mpt at myrealbox.com
Sun Nov 14 00:02:38 PST 2004
On 11 Nov, 2004, at 5:11 AM, Matthew Raymond wrote:
> Who's to say the UA couldn't just append the menu to the context
> menu? Or append the browser context menu as a submenu?
Reasonableness. Shortcut menus (aka context menus) become more
difficult to use the more items they have (as closeness to screen edges
require that they open in a direction other than southeast), and
submenus of shortcut menus are extremely difficult to use for the same
> Or provide a context button as part of the control?
In which case the author might as well use a proper menubutton, with a
meaningful icon or label and a position that suits them.
> Or allow access to the context menu when an additional key is pressed
> (such as alt + [right-click])?
That might be possible on Windows, but on Mac OS Option+click is
already used for copying, Shift+click for extending selection,
Command+click often for grab-scrolling, and Ctrl+click for opening the
shortcut menu in the first place.
I think we may be venturing into "no practical solution for the
platforms some user agents are running on" territory again.
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