Please give me back my arrow keys!

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Why make arrow keys work differently in Newsblur than every other website?

Stealing standard controls and changing how they work is a bad user experience!

I like Newsblur and hope to replace Google Reader with it. But this is one of my main two gripes.

I would prefer to be able to use the old Google Reader keyboard shortcuts (I'm mainly missing v to 'view original' and m to 'mark unread') but arrow keys are the only keyboard navigation change that is just plain wrong and not just a personal preference.
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Jason Airlie

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Haute Bourgeoisie

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Yes, give me the v for "view original" as well!
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karen

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You can use the left and right arrow keys to switch the view in Newsblur, and 'o' opens the story in a new tab. I've mostly grown accustomed to using o, but sometimes mess up and hit v. But the up/down arrow key thing? Yeah. That will never stop bothering me.

(Also that spacebar only moves the page up like 1/3 at a time... it's always REALLY hard to re-find my place in the post since the amount of movement is neither marked nor obvious.)
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Jason Airlie

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While I'd like 'v' it is really just a matter of preference. It is a change I could get used to. I will never get used to the arrow keys acting weirdly for one website.
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I agree; we have j/k for story navigation. I think that the arrow keys should retain their native functionality of moving up and down within a story.
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Joe Milito

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I agree with the arrow keys.

We have j/k and n and page up and page down but unless you use a mouse (which, lets be honest, most of us use laptops) there's no easy way to scroll. So if I get to a longer story I have to scrolls with my trackpad. It'd be A LOT easier to just use the up and down arrow keys, like every other website.
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mgeraci

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Hey Joe,

Sam fixed this, now it's a setting. Click the gear icon in the bottom left, then choose preferences. Click the keyboard page, and you'll see the setting the change the up and down arrow behavior there.

Michael
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I believe this is only available if you have a premium account.
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Joe Milito

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Hey Michael,

Thanks for the quick response. Looks like the fix is in there now. I don't (yet) have the premium account, I plan on getting it in the next week or two though so that's a HUGE improvement.

Thanks again!!
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Oh hey, when did those get there? That's the sort of thing I'd expect to see on the New Features section of the home page!
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Did I forget to add them? Adding them now. Thanks Karen!
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Jason Airlie

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Thanks, this helps.
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karen

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Sam, is there any way for me to completely disable Newsblur's interpretation of the arrow keys? The problem I'm having lately is when holding down the arrow keys to scroll a paragraph or so, the down commands queue up (since you are presumably interpreting the string of down commands, but not stopping all action once I release the down key) and it keeps scrolling after I lift the key up.

The preference helps a little, but only if I press/depress the key multiple times instead of holding it down, which is somewhat less than ideal :)
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Karen -

I agree, but I think this might be better labelled as a bug with the up/down arrow JavaScript code. Instead of removing the functionality, a new keydown event could cancel the previous one, or something along those lines.

Michael
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Yeah, that's almost certainly a solution. I am, in general, not a fan of hijacking a key/click's standard behaviors, which is why I prefer a way to get rid of it all together (even if it is a userscript I have to install or something)
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Try setting the space bar to 10% and holding it down. I think it's just a bug with the arrow keys that I've fixed with the space bar. I'll give it a fix today.
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karen

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Spacebar does it for me, too
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karen

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I'm on Windows 7, Chrome Version 28.0.1500.71 beta-m, if this is not a universal thing
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Ugg, that means it's a different bug if the spacebar does it, too. This was fixed a long time ago, so I'm not sure how it regressed.
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Good news, this infernal bug has been fixed! Space bar and the arrow keys now work far better in all views. Let me know how it works.
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karen

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Woo hoo! Brilliant, thank you! :)
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so I have a premium account, but I can't seem to change the arrow keys' function. Am I missing something?
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karen

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What options do you have under Preferences > Keyboard?
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n/m apparently I was looking in the wrong place