Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

#7144 confirmed New Feature

Provide ability for users to resize column widths using the keyboard

Reported by: Damian Owned by:
Priority: Normal Milestone:
Component: General Version:
Keywords: IBM Cc: Satya Minnekanti, James Cunningham, Teresa Monahan

Description

The drag-to-resize columns feature is quite useful to users, but only accessible to users who use the mouse. This feature request is to allow keyboard users to perform the same function.

Although it is currently possible to set a width on individual cells, this does not properly resize the whole column of cells in a table.

One approach to this could be to have a dedicated Column Properties dialog that allows a user to define a width for the column of cells. This would then set the width on all cells in the column, just like the drag-to-resize feature does.

Change History (2)

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by Garry Yao

Cc: satya,jamescun,tmonahansatya, jamescun, tmonahan

If we're talking of making the keyboard-enabled column dragging feature, I'm not sure that's doable, as we requires mouse hover to activate the column resizer at least. Perhaps reinvent a bit the UI would bring some new possibilities.

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by Frederico Caldeira Knabben

Status: newconfirmed

I like the Column Properties dialog approach, because it would enlarge the usefulness of the feature not only to keyboard users. I would go for it first.

Then, if a keyboard only feature is still needed, we could think about a key combination that would activate the column resizer at the right side of the current cell, making it possible to use arrows to resize and ENTER to finish.

In both cases, it would involve some good amount of time to have it done properly though.

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