Keyboard shortcuts (second concept)

Colin Clark colinbdclark at
Fri Mar 8 23:42:11 UTC 2013

On 2013-03-08, at 12:06 PM, "Sadr, Arash" <asadr at> wrote:

> I cannot imagine that there would be a way to detect the keyboard layout through the browser. I had some ideas for having options for different layouts, but they all would take away from the simplicity or were confusing. It would be great if we could find a way around detecting it.

Unfortunately there is no way to detect the visual appearance of a keyboard. As you have no doubt seen from the IDRC's usability lab, there is an incredible diversity of potential alternative keyboards a user can employ, in addition to the myriad of keyboards available from different mainstream vendors. We should look to other design strategies rather than trying to depict the user's keyboard literally.


Colin Clark

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