Bug 30329 - [RFE] navigate long drop-down menus <select size="1"> with keyboard input
Summary: [RFE] navigate long drop-down menus <select size="1"> with keyboard input
Status: UNCONFIRMED
Alias: None
Product: WebKit
Classification: Unclassified
Component: WebKitGTK (show other bugs)
Version: 528+ (Nightly build)
Hardware: PC Linux
: P2 Normal
Assignee: Nobody
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Reported: 2009-10-13 01:54 PDT by Jens Petersen
Modified: 2017-03-11 10:48 PST (History)
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Description Jens Petersen 2009-10-13 01:54:40 PDT
Firefox supports jumping to drop-down menuitems by typing the first letter(s).

This is a really useful feature for long menus with large numbers of items,
which are hard to navigate with a mouse.

This works in a combo-box but not drop-down menus.
Comment 1 Xan Lopez 2009-10-15 00:30:56 PDT

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 27443 ***
Comment 2 Jens Petersen 2009-10-16 03:05:42 PDT
Perhaps I am missing something but I don't think this is
a duplicate: in fact keyboard navigation works for me
in combo boxes but not drop-downs which is why I deliberately
filed mentioning them.
Comment 3 Xan Lopez 2009-10-21 00:53:25 PDT
(In reply to comment #2)
> Perhaps I am missing something but I don't think this is
> a duplicate: in fact keyboard navigation works for me
> in combo boxes but not drop-downs which is why I deliberately
> filed mentioning them.

Can you explain what do you consider to be a "combobox" and what do you consider to be a "drop down menu"? Because I think we are talking about different things here. Key navigation in the combobox dropdowns definitely does not work.
Comment 4 Jens Petersen 2009-10-21 17:25:47 PDT
(In reply to comment #3)
> Can you explain what do you consider to be a "combobox" and what do you
> consider to be a "drop down menu"? Because I think we are talking about
> different things here.

I was referring to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Combo_box,
but I see that I am actually talking about <select size=...> option lists.
eg the Components lists at https://bugs.webkit.org/enter_bug.cgi?product=WebKit
or https://bugzilla.redhat.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=Fedora
(sorry that page is a little slow to load).  There typing
the first letter of components takes one to the next component
starting with that letter in both chromium and midori (and firefox
of course).

Whereas if you go to the Component drop-down on this bug page
(or any other bugzilla bug) it uses <select> with implicit
size="1" which results in a dropdown menu, and
I can't jump to components using their first letter
with either chromium or midori (but it works in firefox)
in this case.

That is the bug I am reporting here.  I hope it is clearer now.

I tested with chromium built with webkit-532.2 (Chrome-4.0.221.8),
and also midori-0.1.10 (webkitgtk-1.1.14).

> Key navigation in the combobox dropdowns definitely does
> not work.

What version of webkit, which browser and what page are you testing on?