Hot Keys Made Simple

Previously I have blogged about how you can create keyboard shortcuts using JavaScript. In other words being able to add functionality to your web app for someone to do a ctrl+s. My previous example wasn’t particularly hard and only used 10 lines of code, but this week I stumbled across a jQuery plugin that makes it easier.

http://code.google.com/p/js-hotkeys/

With this plugin, in just 1 line of code you can bind a function to a keyboard shortcut. What’s more you don’t even need to look up the correct keycodes as it takes a simple text parameters.

$(document).bind('keydown', 'ctrl+c', fn);

Combine this with a function that just triggers a button click and you have some very cool advanced looking functionality written in around 5 – 10 minuets.

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