[Bug 504405] Re: Ctrl-Tab should jump to the next tab

Jud Craft craftjml+ubuntulp at gmail.com
Tue Jan 12 01:07:31 UTC 2010

That justification doesn't make much sense.  "Ctrl-tab doesn't work, so
there's not a problem."

Allow me to rephrase.  "Upstream GNOME uses a shortcut that no casual
user will never deduce without reading the manual, and we're in no
position to change their decision."

This is meant in only a little offense to GNOME, but the design decision
was a poor one.  They should find some way to reconcile their keyboard-
focus mechanism with the fact that ctrl-tab is commonly used to switch

How can I make such a blanket assumption?  I'm willing to bet that
Firefox and Pidgin combined are much more popular than GNOME, and every
tab-document UI I can think of under Windows (Visual Studio, Notepad++,
and now I'm drawing a blank) use Ctrl-Tab.

Any user of any operating system -except GNOME- would expect ctrl-tab to
switch tab-based windows.  If Ubuntu can't fix this, that's unfortunate
- because the interface does suffer - but it's more understandable if
you give the actual reason.

To really resolve this bug, you'd need a concerted cooperation with
upstream GNOME and their human interface guidelines to actually come to
a decision that benefits people who aren't GNOME designers, but general
users.  And that's not a paper-cut, that's a gash.

Ctrl-Tab should jump to the next tab
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