[whatwg] Thoughts on Context and Popup Menus for Web Applications
ian at hixie.ch
Thu Jan 5 17:54:50 PST 2006
On Sun, 14 Nov 2004, Matthew Thomas wrote:
> 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 reason
Do you know of a method that could be used that would not suffer from
> > 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.
This would be unfortunate. It is very clear that there is a need for Web
applications to be able to provide context-sensitive commands. Windows
Live Local (formely MSN Virtual Earth) provides a context menu on its
maps, and it makes a lot of sense. Would we not want to allow a more
semantic and accessible way of doing that?
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