@Samuel, Szymon, Kendy, *
As implemented thus far, the NotebookBar alternative interface provides no keyboard navigation between panel Tabs, nor between button/selection widgets. Nor even normal UI navigation between UI components using F6 and F10.
Presently, it is impossible to move focus from the document canvas to the NotebookBar -- that would normally be an F10 or F6 keyboard movement. And as focus remains on the canvas there is no means to select a functional tab and apply action of a button/selection widget. Likewise with no keyboard focus movement into the panels, there is no movement possible between widgets.
It remains 100% mouse driven and so is incomplete, it breaks even rudimentary a11y support.
It can not be released in its current state--and as a major new program interface must be fully instrumented/tested for a11y support. Needs to happen sooner rather than later to be sure this is fully functional.
The only problem presently is implementing F6 support. F10 is to switch between the document and the menubar, which still works fine if the menubar is visible. I was able to navigate fine through the notebookbar with a screen reader once focus was set on the notebookbar.
@Jay, found that the F10 does position to the menubar--just hidden by default with NotebookBar interface enabled.
However, not clear issue is simply lack of access via F6. But, guess add that as a first step and then see if the NotebookBar UI is navigable with keyboard and that the Glade UI widgets all are labeled and pick up accelerators.
Hope it is that simple.
(In reply to V Stuart Foote from comment #2)
> However, not clear issue is simply lack of access via F6. But, guess add
> that as a first step and then see if the NotebookBar UI is navigable with
> keyboard and that the Glade UI widgets all are labeled and pick up
Yes keyboard navigation with the tab key works fine just like in any dialog. Presently there arent any accelerators on the button labels, as they are pulling the same label names that appear in the regular toolbars, which dont have accelerators and cant show them. If accelerators are needed for the buttons and labels, then some coding would be needed to let the accelerator underscore appear in the button label and the alt key would need to be able to show them, similar to this (bug 99324).
Szymon Kłos committed a patch related to this issue.
It has been pushed to "master":
tdf#102059 NotebookBar accessible using F6 key
It will be available in 5.4.0.
The patch should be included in the daily builds available at
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