Accessibility: Keyboard navigation and shortcuts for dialogs and pop-up modals

Yep. Thumbs up for this feature.

I consider this a critical component. After doing a global search I should be able to use the arrow keys to move to the appropriate note, press enter, and load that note. If I don’t see search results I want I should be able to press ESC to back out and return to the current note.

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@MichaelMcDonald This! I stumbled upon that use case today and wanted to write a feature request for it. Seems like a separate feature request from the OP though

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In addition, you would want to be able to use the arrow keys to navigate between the options in the modal dialog box

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@MichaelMcDonald this is definitely a separate feature request to that being raised in this thread BUT it is something that I consider critical too. Please make sure it is somewhere in its own thread so that it can get the correct attention.

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Bumping this. Search results should be navigated with the keyboard. Arrow up and down throw the matches. Hit enter to open. Smile with satisfaction.

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Sending another bump on this since keyboard navigation of these dialogs should be a basic functionality. I get it’s not a “shiny” or “cool” feature to work on / add, but it’s a quality-of-life improvement that helps those that don’t want to constantly move from keyboard -> mouse -> keyboard.

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Bumping again. After a month. Total of five months since the idea was suggested. It’s keyboard based navigation in it’s simplest form; not exactly something that should take long to implement.

@MichaelMcDonald if you’re the only one bumping I’m afraid that’s not really gone add to your case :wink:

Bumping this one - primarily for the ability to confirm / cancel the “Delete Note” dialog. But +1 for more keyboard nav in general.

I run into this regularly (with the Delete Note confirmation in particular).


I would like to suggest that pressing ESC while a popup menu is active should close it. This is pretty standard UX across most apps/OS platforms.

Here are some examples of the popup menus I am referring to:

  1. File explorer → right click on a note
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  2. Note editor → right click on a [[link]]
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  3. “Three dots” menu at top right corner of note

There are many others, but you get the idea.

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4 posts were merged into an existing topic: Accessibility: Improve Keyboard operations in editor (spellcheck popups, etc)

Esc will close popup windows. Keyboard navigation of Modals is still not implemented.

I think the tab key for navigating options in a model box would be more appropriate, as this is what’s used in native modal windows (OS level confirm delete etc) too.

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I would gladly settle for even being able to tab through all the modals. Can’t even do that though :frowning:

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+1, Either the ability to use tab to cycle though buttons and enter to press button…or the ability to set a hot key for delete without confirmation and delete with confirmation

Been a few months, gonna bump this to try and get some visibility on it.

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Wanted to bump this for a number of reasons:

  1. Improved accessibility as many have mentioned
  2. Less hopping back-and-forth between mouse and keyboard
  3. Ability to automate recurring tasks that make use of modals for plugins

Bumping because a11y.