GNOME Bugzilla – Bug 723135
Ctrl-K shortcut is not discoverable
Last modified: 2016-01-27 10:31:59 UTC
In order to find how to focus search box via keyboard I had to search through
the sources. It would be nice if the empty search box shows shows some grayed help text such as "Search (focus with Ctrl-K)".
I agree that it is not easily discoverable; unless you actually are used to search entries in e.g. the Firefox or Chrome toolbars. The same Ctrl+K is used to focus the e.g. "Search using Google" entry. We also added Ctrl+S to do exactly the same, as some users were used to that keybinding in previous Devhelp versions.
The correct way to document the Ctrl+K behaviour is actually a help manual, which we don't have.
Adding the hint within the same Search box is an option, but I'm not sure I personally like it. I'll add anyway the ui-review tag to see what designers have to say, as this is not something that Devhelp should end up doing alone.
It can be fixed as part of bug #757877.
Ctrl-K is now mentioned in the shortcuts window.