Need a "mnemonic key" menu

Need a "mnemonic key" menu

Postby CaseyJ747 » Sun Aug 09, 2009 4:18 pm

Anyone know of Mac software that can add a "mnemonic key" menu? If possible, I would like to add mnemonic key menus to not just the Finder, but to all applications.

A mnemonic key menu is a menu that can be opened and stepped through, to a final selection, by using only the keyboard. This is done by striking the sequence of keyboard letters that are defined as hot keys for each menu item. The particular hot key is usually identified with underlining, somewhere in the menu item's name. However, with some systems, different letters can be inserted that have nothing to do with the name of the menu item.

This type of menu is more common on Windows computers. Microsoft Excel97 for Windows98 had a particularly useful and flexible way to customize menus with mnemonic hot keys.

This is a timesaver for those of us who mostly do typing, and do not want our hands to leave the keyboard. It is also more flexible than shortcut keys, since the sequence of letters to reach a final choice can be remembered through mnemonic expressions. A complex menu, with many branches and choices can have dozens of easy to remember key strings. The key strings can be memorized through mnemonic expressions, usually a jingle, poem, or lyric. in contrast, single stroke shortcut keys, must be identified as a key chosen from A thru Z with some combination of modifier keys. These shortcut keys are not nearly as easy to memorize, especially after most of the letters of the alphabet are already assigned.
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Re: Need a "mnemonic key" menu

Postby gb2 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:06 am

thanks for the feedback.
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