Skype should work without a mouse or anyother form of a pointing device
There should be no need for any for of a pointing device to use all aspects of Skype.
Skype should fully support and follow the standard way key input is used in Windows.
Skype should only use standard Windows control to make sure key input work consistently with other native Windows applications like notepad.exe and regedit.exe
Ashley Bischoff commented
Fixing this would make a big difference for accessibility too. (And I’m on macOS, but I recognize that this affects Windows and macOS alike.)
Lyubomyr Shaydariv commented
I'm not sure, but Skype 8 doesn't seem to support hot keys like "go to contacts" (Alt-1), "go to recent" (Alt-2), and "bring Skype to front" (I used Ctrl-F12 for more than 6 years, and this is muscle memory). Using a mouse simply slows me down now.
Guys, please understand: mice are not the only navigation devices. Hotkeys are an awesome way to navigate between windows and since I mostly type (docs, code, etc), and I find it very and very inconvenient to switch my hands back to the mouse just to activate a stupid window. Again, (global+) hotkeys are truly awesome.
Im talking about these native Windows controls:
Kharlamov Konstantin commented
> Does ctrl+c work in error dialogs?
Haven't found a way to trigger one, do you know any?
> Does <shift>+<insert> , <ctrl>+<insert> and
> <shift>+<del> work?
Those are arguably known almost by nobody (as opposed to Ctrl+c/v), but whatever. First and second works, third I haven't managed to google out, except the one for file-managers, which is irrelevant to Skype.
> Can you navigate lists by using the initial
> character of a line to make that line active and
I haven't found any lists, except the one of interlocutors — but there it doesn't make sense to take focus out of either search or dialog boxes.
>How about ctrl+a, does it select things in a
>consistent way according ro how Windows works by
>Can you select stuff in a list with space?
See my note on lists above.
> And multi select individual rows with ctrl?
Well, ok, this would be nice to have.
>Does skype use standard Windows controls everywhere,
>so if there is a change in how shortcuts and keyboard
>navigations works in a future version of windows,
>these changes will affect Skype as well?
"Standard win controls" sucks, exactly because your beloved shortcuts won't work there. Try navigating into Network → Adapter settings; right-click on a network, "Properties", then find anywhere in menus a plain textbox. Type a text, and then press "standard" Ctrl+Backspace. Lo and behold — it insert some odd boxes instead of deleting a word.
Nowadays you have much more modern and active toolkits, such as GTK and Qt, and you'd rather want them, because they handle all of that stuff, and in addition are crossplatform.
>Does Skype handle and take into account accessibility
>options that might affect how key combinations work?
>What about new accessibility options that might be
>added to Windows on the future? Does Skype handle
Well. Although I haven't managed to check it myself, because I couldn't figure out how to use Orca screenreader, however I see skype in the output of `orca -l`, which lists apps with enabled accessibility, so it should be okay.
Does ctrl+c work in error dialogs?
Does <shift>+<insert> , <ctrl>+<insert> and <shift>+<del> work?
Can you navigate lists by using the initial character of a line to make that line active and selected?
How about ctrl+a, does it select things in a consistent way according ro how Windows works by default?
Can you select stuff in a list with space?
And multi select individual rows with ctrl?
Does skype use standard Windows controls everywhere, so if there is a change in how shortcuts and keyboard navigations works in a future version of windows, these changes will affect Skype as well?
Does Skype handle and take into account accessibility options that might affect how key combinations work? What about new accessibility options that might be added to Windows on the future? Does Skype handle those too?
This is a VERY complex and complicated thing, and extremely difficult to get right if you dont use the standard Windows controls everywhere.
Kharlamov Konstantin commented
I don't understand. Does it not work with keyboard now, or what? You can use tab key to move through GUI widgets. Sorry, description a bit of vague.
Well, as it say, skype should work without a mouse. It say nothing about removing the support of a pointing device, so I don't really understand in what way our opinion differ... Are you saying Skype should not be unable by a keyboard?
Most of the disabled community use mice. I couldn't keyboard my way to sending a message, and usually mouse is quicker for anything but typing. Difference of opinion here, so maybe make it possible, or an option -- and be sure to provide a keystroke table for those who prefer keyboarding.