Hotkey standard

Subject: Hotkey standard
From: "Berrington, Rachel" <rachel_berrington -at- mentorg -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2001 14:18:52 -0700

Hi all,

Please excuse a message from a complete outsider. I'm a librarian who needs
help. I've searched the TECHWR-L archives, but haven't seen an answer for
my question.

With regard to writing hotkey commands (writing a series of keyboard steps
such Ctrl - Shift - F7, for example), is it a standard practice to use
hyphens between the different keynames? One of the writers here believes
that the plus ("+") sign should be used in place of the hyphens and that
there is an international standard for doing so.

We've researched the styleguides for both Microsoft and Sun Microsystems,
and have found that Microsoft advocates using the plus sign, while Sun
advocates using the hyphen.

Is there an international standard for hotkeys? It would appear at this
point that the use of the plus sign or the hyphen is a purely subjective
decision depending on the company.

Wondering if anyone knows?

Thanks in advance for any help,


Rachel Berrington
Corporate Librarian
Mentor Graphics
rachel_berrington -at- mentor -dot- com
503-685-4712 <phone>
503-685-1461 <fax>


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