The Grumpy Editor's guide to graphical mail clients
Posted Jul 1, 2004 18:16 UTC (Thu) by dbreakey
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GNOME 2.4 and 2.6 are still capable of allowing keyboard shortcuts to be assigned arbitrarily, but it seems to have been globally turned off by default; you can either edit the appropriate GConf key (as indicated in the previous post), or download one of the 'advanced' configuration utilities, such as COnfigurator for Gnome. Incidentally, while the reconfigurability of shortcuts is a standard feature, it is apparently up to individual applications whether to permit it or not; I think that failing to allow it is a violation of the HIG guidelines, but I'm not sure. Then again, a quick review doesn't show anything.
Evolution, on the other hand, was not originally a GNOME application (strange, but apparently true, despite the fact that it used/uses extensive parts of GNOME; of course, I'm pulling this from a memory of a very old post, so I could be wrong). Now that it is being proposed as a standard component, for inclusion in 2.8, this lack of shortcut configurability may change. Or it may not, as I've also heard that the developers refuse to enable it due to the dynamic nature of the interface.
Personally, I hope they figure out how to solve any problems and enable this feature, as there are several shortcuts I'd love to change and/or add…
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