Key shortcuts in Repo Browser
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 09:20:24 +0000 (GMT)
Firstly TortoiseSVN and SVN itself are fantastic examples of rock-solid and highly usable open-source software. However I have a small niggle/suggestion.
When in the Repository Browser, I would like to be able to press the initial letter(s) of an entry to select it. For example, if I am in the middle of the tree somewhere, and type "Ab", it should jump to the next open node whose name begins with "Ab".
This would allow me to navigate the browser using keystrokes alone - I would use this, in combination with left/right arrows to expand/collapse nodes. This is common behaviour for power users whose "hands are faster than the eye" and avoid keyboard-to/from-mouse arm motion.
This is how the tree of folders in an Explorer window works, and as Tortoise is a shell integration, it makes a lot of sense for Tortoise's own windows to have the same paradigm, especially seeing as SVN is a folder metaphor and the repo-browser mirrors an Explorer window's node tree.
Furthermore, sometimes I inadvertantly try this, but press one of the shortcuts that dismisses the window (e.g. 'O'). This happens sometimes after spending time navigating into the tree, time lost when the window closes and I have to open it again.
(I reported this a very long time ago but it didn't meet with agreement, but I think this is a more compelling argument. Please reply to my email address, as I am not on the mailing list).
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