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CLDR Ticket #11218(accepted survey)

Opened 4 weeks ago

Last modified 20 hours ago

Feature request: Please remove tab navigation keyboard shortcuts in the survey tool

Reported by: fios@… Owned by: tbishop
Component: unknown Data Locale:
Phase: dsub Review:
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Please remove the keyboard shortcuts for moving beween categories.

This is what happens:

You edit an entry and need to edit some existing text, e.g. by pressing backspace to remove a letter. Meanwhile in the background, the Survey Tool is still running some checks on the previous entry. Once the checks are done, the Survey Tool removes the focus from the current input field and reassigns it to the entry that just finished its checks.

If the user happens to be hitting the wrong key during text entry at the time, you end up with the previous or next category, and since the user sometimes hits more than one key in succession, the user ends up on a random category. You then have to remember which category you were in, find it again, then remember which entry you were in and scroll scroll scroll...

An alternative solution would be not to assign focus to entries when they finish their checks and recording the vote. That would be even more convenient.



Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 weeks ago by mark

  • Owner changed from anybody to tbishop
  • Priority changed from assess to major
  • Status changed from new to accepted
  • Milestone changed from UNSCH to 34

Goal should be to not change the focus when other items are refreshed.

Should be grouped together with the tickets where entering items too quickly causes problems.

comment:2 Changed 6 days ago by srl

  • Xref set to 11250 11246

comment:3 Changed 6 days ago by verdyp@…

Entering items "too quickly". In reality this is too much slowly (and still the time to wait is unpredicatable, sometimes even longer to avoid being disconnected automatically from the server.
This is a persistant problem (going now worse over time): there's lot of data to survey, it requires hours or days of persistant use to just fill a single screen (now about 25 seconds between each clic, most of the time being spent in a CPU intensive single thread on the browser which regenerates millions of DOM nodes; even on a fast machine with 8 cores at more than 3GHz, and 32GB of memory, installed on a SSD; the survey is unaccessible to most users)
I really suggest removing "automatic" refreshes, and use a single "submit" button on demand, or submitting if we change of screen by selecting another subset of data.

You should also reduce considerably the number of items displayed on the same screen so that refreshes takes much less time and are much less CPU intensive. The displayed survey table contains really too much data. it would also reduce the server load to query again and again most data that is unaffected by a single item submission.

comment:4 Changed 20 hours ago by tbishop

This ticket refers to multiple related problems. A variety of solutions are suggested. I'm interpreting the main task to be to "remove tab navigation keyboard shortcuts" since that's in the title of the ticket and sounds relatively well-defined and achievable. The other proposed solutions might require some decisions about the user interface that I'm not qualified to evaluate or decide myself.

The problematic keyboard shortcuts are those that cause navigation to a different page. Backspace causes navigation to the previous page that the user was on, due to the default behavior of the browser, which maintains a history of pages visited. The left and right arrow keys cause navigation to the "previous" or "next" page, respectively, as defined by the order of pages defined by Survey Tool, NOT the browser's history.

This code is in redesign.js:

    $('body').keydown(function(event) {
    	if($(':focus').length === 0) {
    		if(event.keyCode === 37) {
    		} else if (event.keyCode === 39) {

This change seems to work:

   $('body').keydown(function(event) {
    	if($(':focus').length === 0) {
            if (event.keyCode === 8) { // backspace

It needs testing on all our supported browsers, both to test that backspace no longer mimics the back button, and also that backspace still works for editing.

Last edited 20 hours ago by tbishop (previous) (diff)

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