Cream keyboard navigation

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Stanley Rost

10 Oct, 2012 02:13 PM

Cream has a shortcut assigned to open a story in the browser: →

But there does not seem to be any other keyboard shortcuts to navigate the list, is that right? Arrow keys, vim style or google reader navigation does nothing for me.

  1. 1 Posted by Keith Bradnam on 10 Oct, 2012 11:36 PM

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    I love the idea of Cream, but without keyboard shortcuts it's usability it greatly reduced.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by drewmccormack on 11 Oct, 2012 07:09 AM

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    Space bar jumps down a page too.

    We didn't include arrows, because when you open a story in Cream, it marks it as a good story. If you arrow through, you may be opening a lot of stories you don't really like.

    We are thinking about ways to get around this issue and introduce arrow navigation in a future update.

    Thanks for the feedback.
    Kind regards,

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by drewmccormack on 11 Oct, 2012 07:58 AM

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    Space is page down.
    Right arrow opens in browser.
    We aren't supporting up and down at this point, because when you open a post, you are effectively marking the story as good. If you quickly use the down arrow, you would be marking a whole lot of stories as good.
    We are currently weighing up options for how best to allow keyboard nav, and still have useful data on whether you like a story or not.
    Thanks for the feedback.
    Kind regards,

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by drewmccormack on 11 Oct, 2012 08:38 AM

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    Hi Keith,
    Wanted to get some feedback on keyboard navigation to help us decide which way to go. Imagine you can choose from the following three cases. Which would you take?

    1) Up and down arrows move the row selection, and the popover opens on each row
    2) Up and down arrows don't move the selection, but instead just scroll the list, one row at a time. Pressing the right arrow selects the first row and opens the popover.
    3) Up and down arrows move the row selection, but the popover does not open, unless you press the right arrow.

    Kind regards,

  5. 5 Posted by Scott on 11 Oct, 2012 03:58 PM

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    How about arrow keys to move up and down one story at a time (1) marking them read, then "like" articles that are opened in Safari (or instapaper...etc)

  6. 6 Posted by Keith Bradnam on 12 Oct, 2012 05:49 AM

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    I would prefer scenario 3. And maybe the Enter/return key could also be used to open the popover.

    You could also add keyboard shortcut to mark a read article as unread and to access the filter menu.



  7. Support Staff 7 Posted by drewmccormack on 12 Oct, 2012 06:01 AM

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