MAC controls

26 Jun 2007 - 5:18am
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Sandra
2006

Hello the list!

Sorry for the following question, but I am a real novice with MAC computers!
:)

I am used to give usability recommendations in my work for PC users.
We have a new project where the final users work on MAC. In our application,
users must be able to select several items by the keyboard (without the
mouse).

For selecting several items with a PC:
The standard is: CTRL + arrow key for navigate from an item to another.
Press " SPACE" to select the item
What is the standard for MAC?

For unselecting several items with a PC:
Use again the "SPACE" on the selected items.
What is the standard for MAC?

Thanks in advance for your answer

Sandra

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26 Jun 2007 - 7:03am
.pauric
2006

Sandra, here's the reference material for all Mac keyboard commands
http://developer.apple.com/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/OSXHIGuidelines/XHIGKeyboardShortcuts/chapter_20_section_1.html

and specific to your question, instead of CTRL, use SHIFT & arrow

regards - pauric

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26 Jun 2007 - 4:40pm
Jeffrey D. Gimzek
2007

On Jun 26, 2007, at 3:18 AM, Sandra wrote:

> Hello the list!
>
> Sorry for the following question, but I am a real novice with MAC
> computers!
> :)
>
> I am used to give usability recommendations in my work for PC users.
> We have a new project where the final users work on MAC. In our
> application,
> users must be able to select several items by the keyboard (without
> the
> mouse).
>
> For selecting several items with a PC:
> The standard is: CTRL + arrow key for navigate from an item to
> another.
> Press " SPACE" to select the item
> What is the standard for MAC?

simply using the arrow key will select each item in sequence, Shift +
arrow will multi-select

mac's are far more mouse input based, so shift mouse click will also
multi-select

>
> For unselecting several items with a PC:
> Use again the "SPACE" on the selected items.
> What is the standard for MAC?

Command - mouse click will unselect individual items, in sequence or
not - it can also select multiple items not in sequence.

>
> Thanks in advance for your answer
>
> Sandra
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26 Jun 2007 - 4:46pm
cfmdesigns
2004

>From: Sandra <sbelfils at gmail.com>
>
>Sorry for the following question, but I am a real novice with MAC computers!

Lesson #1: it's "Mac", short for "Macintosh". Not all caps. Not an acronym. (And I suppose technically it's "Apple computers" and the "Mac OS". It's the OS standard you are interested in.)

>For selecting several items with a PC:
>The standard is: CTRL + arrow key for navigate from an item to another.
>Press " SPACE" to select the item
>What is the standard for MAC?
>
>For unselecting several items with a PC:
>Use again the "SPACE" on the selected items.
>What is the standard for MAC?

What sort of objects are being selected here? Is this dialog controls? HTML form controls? (Those are usually navigated to via Tab rather than ctrl-arrow, and selected with space. Old school Mac OS only tabbed between text fields; more recent OS versions have a system pref for tabbing in dialogs, and a browser pref for tabbing in Safari, both of which are set to text fields only by default, as I recall.)

In general on Mac vs. Win commands, Win Ctrl becomes Mac Command (the "cloverleaf" key) and Win Alt becomes Mac Option. But some apps reverse those behaviors, or assign their own meanings. (So do some Windows apps.)

-- Jim

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