Re: What to use: Buttons, Function Keys, or Both?
When documenting buttons on a GUI, is it also recommended to also include
the function keys command (e.g. F1 - F12)?
I am documenting a procedure for SAP and the trainer wants me to include the
function keys for almost all buttons. I'm just curious if this is a
standard or not.
To add to what's been said, there's nothing wrong also with letting the shortcuts be discoverable by users. Shortcuts can be part of user's interactions, such as in the tooltips.
Text buttons shoudl already have one shortcut in plain view: the underlined letter that allows keyboard users to select that button without a mouse.
While shortcuts should definitely be documented, I agree that they clutter up procedural text. Allowing user to discover shortcuts, sometimes with the aid of trainers, can make user feel more powerful, like they are learning to master the software. Discovering and using shortcuts on their own can lead to more user satisfaction.
Designing for discovery doens't mean hiding the information in the first place, just designing so that information can be found within the scope of normal use.
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