Avraham, Two questions:
Will Ctrl+M, followed by Ctrl+F, give the proper results? Will Ctrl+M+F give the proper results? If the second is true, I would document it by teling the user; "Press and hold the Control key then press M followed by F (Ctrl+M+F)." The Microsoft Manual of Style, version 2, always has shortcuts with a plus (+) following Ctrl, Alt, of Shift (Ctrl+?). It seems to depend on whether you need to release the Ctrl key between sequences. -----Original Message----- From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of Avraham Makeler Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2009 3:57 AM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: The correct shorthand for writing keyboard shortcuts Hi all, RE: The correct shorthand for writing keyboard shortcuts I have a general question on writing keyboard shortcuts - but no particularly connected to FM. So I was referred to this forum sicne there is the general impression that FM users are the champions of extremely long and complex keyboard shortcuts. So here is my question: It is a surprising problem to have: a simple enough issue that I should have already come across years ago, but for some reason I am bumping into it only now. I have asked a number of experienced technical writers about this, but have had no convincing answer. I am documenting a GUI, that has a certain command called 'Merge Forms', whose keyboard shortcut is, *as the SME writes it*: Ctrl M+F The SME means to say: press Ctrl+M and then with the Ctrl key still pressed, then press the F key. And this does in fact successfully invoke the required operation. (Not of negligible importance: Ctrl+M followed by Ctrl+F will also work.) But is 'Ctrl M+F' the correct way to write this? I think not. For a start, the custom seems to be to write a plus (+) immed. after the 'Ctrl'. But 'Ctrl+M+F' means something else: to press all three keys at once. --------------- Ctrl+M, F is not correct, since it means: Press Ctrl+M, then release the Ctrl key, and then press the F key --------------- And another surprise I had is that when I tried a few experiments typing keyb sequences in the MS Word 'Customize Keyboard' dlg box, I found lots of bugs. But since this is an FM forum and not a Word forum I wont detail the issues here. Thanks all, - avi _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as dspreadb at yahoo.com. Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/dspreadb%40yahoo.com Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.