Usage Tips

Travel pages by keyboard

Each documentation knows about a linear sequence of its pages. Use "Next" and "Previous" to move forwards or backwards in that sequence. Or, if available, use "Up" to step back to the next higher level of page hierarchy. The good news is that these functions are also available from the keyboard by the "access keys".

What's an "access key"?

In a web browser, an access key or accesskey allows a computer user immediately to jump to a specific part of a web page via the keyboard.

Unfortunately each browser seems to use its own modifier to make the access key work. In most web browsers the user invokes the access key by pressing the "modifier (which often is Alt or Ctrl) simultaneously with the appropriate character on the keyboard. So we have for example:

OS Browser Modifier
OSX 10.6 Safari, Firefox, Chrome, iCab Ctrl + Alt
OSX 10.7 Firefox Ctrl
Win7 Chrome, Safari Alt
Win7 Firefox Shift + Alt
Windows IE Alt + <character> <enter>

"access key + n": Next page

Press the "access key + n" or click "Next" to advance to the next page in line. The tooltip shows the title of the page to come.

click on 'next'

"access key + p": Previous page

Press the "access key + p" or click "Previous" to go to the page that precedes the current page. The tooltip shows the title of that page.

click on 'previous'

"access key + u": Up one level in page hierarchy

Press the "access key + u" or click "Up" to go back to the superiore page. The tooltip shows the title of that page.

click on 'up'