From: Gale Andrews <gale@au...> - 2013-05-21 22:00:00
| From David Bailes <drbailes@...>
| Tue, 21 May 2013 10:03:30 +0100
| Subject: [Audacity-quality] Align Tracks Together (with labels)
> On Sun, May 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM, Gale Andrews
> > David wrote
> > >> (In passing, for keyboard users, a greater problem than the number of
> > > >> items, is that shortcuts can't be assigned to these commands. So for
> > align
> > > >> with cursor you have to press alt, t, a, c, rather than a more
> > convenient
> > > >> shortcut. Unfortunately the code doesn't create commands that then
> > appear
> > > >> in the keyboard shortcuts.)
> > Is the true of all the "Align Tracks" and "Align and Move Cursor"
> > sub-items?
> > Any other menu groups affected?
> Hi Gale, I appear to be loosing my marbles. I misunderstood your reply to
> robbie on the audacity4blind mailing list in march 2012 when he was asking
> whether "align with cursor" was available in the exported xml file for
> keyboard shortcuts. It isn't, but all the align commands can be set in the
> keyboard category of preferences - I hadn't realised this. One minor
> problem is that the two sets of commands (with or without moving the
> cursor) have the same names, which is confusing.
I was under the same misapprehension as you when you I wrote
that. I had set a binding for a command in Keyboard Prefs for the
"Align and Move Cursor" menu thinking I had set it for the
"Align Tracks" menu. :=). So I could not see the command in the
menus and it did something other than I was expecting.
Aside from the fact that these two sets of commands have the
same names, commands in a sub-menu are often hard to
understand when viewed in Keyboard Preferences because you
are not presented with the text of the menu item that the
sub-menu items relate to.
I think it would be worth the extra length in Keyboard Preferences
to present the menu items for cascaded commands as "dividers".
> I presume this means that some of these commands could have pre-assigned
> shortcuts - align to selection start / cursor is probably the most
> important one. This would be really useful. May take some time to decide on
> a shortcut though...
Do we want that for "Align and Move Cursor" as well as for "Align
Tracks", or only the former?
Some shortcut including a modifier and [ might be useful for Align
Tracks > to Selection Start or Cursor (though Steve's current patch
names it as "Start from Cursor").
I still support using CTRL + [ for View > Go to Selection Start. If
others do, CTRL + [ would already be taken.
> The only other commands which I'm aware of which really can't be assigned
> shortcuts and have been mentioned on the audacity4blind list are for moving
> tracks up and down.
OK, I think that applies to the entire Track Drop-Down Menu.
Currently, you need to use SHIFT + M then the access key to
use that menu with the keyboard.