The other day I just happened to look at the footer and notice a link labeled Shortcuts. It opens the following layer:
It was a pleasant surprise to learn that so much thought had gone into optimizing for keyboard use. According to Lifehacker, they’re a lot like the keyboard shortcuts for Gmail, which I suppose if I were a Gmail user (as most Twitter users are) is something I would appreciate.
I’ve written about inconsistencies in keyboard shortcuts before, and yes I’m a stickler for details. I’m disappointed to find that only four of the shortcuts are the same between Tweetie for Mac (now owned by Twitter) and the Twitter web app — F for favorite, R for reply, N for new, and spacebar to scroll.
Tweetie for Mac’s keyboard shortcuts are:
What are the limitations we face in creating a unified set of keyboard shortcuts across multiple platforms? What are the constraints for website versus desktop? And how can these shortcuts translate to gestural interfaces like the iPhone and iPad? How do they improve or impair accessibility?
I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments.