[R-SIG-Mac] Two UI suggestions: 1. key bindings for help-page navigation buttons; 2: increase font-size of function status bar

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Sat Aug 15 19:27:21 CEST 2015

On Aug 15, 2015, at 6:22 AM, Tim Bates wrote:

> Hi,
> A couple of minor suggestions for the mac GUI.
> First, Help window back-forward buttons.
> Often when the user has opened help, they want to navigate back a page.
> Currently the back ( "<“  ) and forward ( “>”) buttons in the help window lack key bindings. So one has to use the mouse to navigate forward and back.

On my machine OSX 10.7.5 with SL-vers of R 3.2.1, R.app GUI 1.66 (6956), the cmd-right-arrow and the cmd left arrow give forward and back behavior in the help page display. I see little value in assigning this also or instead of the current behavior. I discovered this by trial and error so it might be worth documenting in the OSX-FAQ document, although it seemed pretty intuitive and was the first thing I tried after seeing this request. (It's how Firefox is configured.)


> Request: Could these keys be bound to "⌘-{" and "⌘-}" respectively? That would match how Safari handles this app (and many others that have followed it for history navigation).
> Second, The function help bar (bottom of the "R console” window) is very helpful, but perhaps in too small a font size.
> The font used is also smaller than Apple chooses to use for the comparable Finder folder-trail and selection status bars.
> Could the font size/bar height be upped a couple of points (or perhaps linked to the display font size?
> best, tim
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David Winsemius
Alameda, CA, USA

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