Can't Display Keyboard Shortcuts in Popups

Ray ray at
Wed Apr 20 13:35:25 EDT 2016

OK - so the software is for drawing 'links' around parts of a picture so 
when they're clicked the software plays audio files, among other 
things.  The links are listed in the data grid.  I've already got a 
traditional menu bar at the top of the screen but instead of requiring 
the user to select the link in the data grid and then relocate the mouse 
to the traditional menu bar, click on it, and choose Audio, it seemed 
easier to simply let the user right click directly on the link in the 
grid and choose Audio (which then brings up a dialog prompting the user 
to specify the audio file which will be played).  Let me know if you 
have any other suggestions but I'm pretty sure your previous suggestion 
of manually including the shortcut as part of the menu item is the best 
work around.

On 4/20/2016 12:47 PM, Peter M. Brigham wrote:
> On Apr 20, 2016, at 12:08 PM, Ray wrote:
>> Peter - many thanks for your thoughts here!  I believe the answer is to just manually include the "    ...ctrl+A" in the menu item.   The limitation with this solution is I can't 'right justify' the keyboard shortcut part of the menu item.  Thus, other menu items which have sub menus show the right pointing arrow much farther to the right.  I guess I could duplicate the contextual menu in a fixed menu bar but I like to avoid redundancy.
>> I'm actually popping up the contextual menu as a right-click choice on a data grid.  It changes depending which column in the grid you right-click.  Does that sound like bad interface to you?
> I often use a popup this way, to provide contextual choices to the user. What I don't get about what you're trying to do is this: if the user does a <ctrl-A>, what is supposed to happen? Given that just typing ctrl-A doesn't give the "audio" command (whatever that does) any context to work from? And if the audio command doesn't need a context, then why put it into a contextual popup in the first place? I guess I don't understand what your aim is.
>> On 4/20/2016 11:55 AM, Peter M. Brigham wrote:
>>> On Apr 20, 2016, at 11:35 AM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>>>> Ray wrote:
>>>>> I'm unable to popup a button as a contextual menu and show keyboard
>>>>> shortcuts.  For example, I'd like users to see "Audio  ctrl+A", not
>>>>> just "Audio".
>>>>> The button's style is "menu" and the button's contents for that line
>>>>> is "Audio/A".  The "Audio   ctrl+A" displays fine as long as the
>>>>> button's "menuMode" is pulldown, but as soon as I use the popup
>>>>> command to pop the button up contextually, it's menuMode is changed
>>>>> to "popUp".  This loses the display of the keyboard shortcut.  I now
>>>>> only see "Audio" instead of the desired "Audio   ctrl+A".
>>>>> Does anyone know how to keep keyboard shortcuts while using the popup
>>>>> command?
>>>> I don't believe the OS APIs support that.  The HIGs for all supported desktop platforms suggest using context menus as a secondary convenience for items also available in the more visible menu bar.
>>>> Given that design mandate, it seems the assumption is that users can learn shortcuts when viewing the menu item in their primary location, regardless whether a subset of those items is also available in a more ephemeral secondary form such as a context menu.
>>>> On an implementation level, following the design mandate certainly makes things easier for the developer, as both LiveCode and the OS support keyboard triggers for visible menu items such as those in the menu bar, but since a popup only exists at the moment it's popped up there's no way to hook the event from the object.
>>> Usually popup menus are really contextual menus anyway, and give the user choices that are quite dependent on the control being clicked on. They can be (and I think usually are) constructed on the fly, to allow for, eg, actions specific to a field, or even to the text chunk clicked on. Whereas keyboard shortcuts (and the menu choices associated with them) are generally more global in scope. If you really need to have shortcuts listed in a popup menu, you could construct them yourself on the fly -- on mousedown; put "Audio   ctrl+A" into btn "myPopup"; popup btn "myPopup". I don't know when this would be actually useful, but then I don't know what you're trying to do here.
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