Provide a keyboard shortcut for adding signature
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Description

As an alternative to T153255.
https://www.mediawiki.org/w/index.php?title=Topic:Trdi58p0nwdv94c9 is where this was suggested.

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The current wikitext editor seems to be missing an option to easily add signature to talk page discussions. It would be nice if it was enabled in some way. Two possibilities are:

  1. Keyboard shortcut
  2. Option in menu bar

Expecting one soon!

Note : Adding to the above description, implementing both would be even better!

Elitre created this task.May 29 2017, 10:06 AM
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Dvorapa added a subscriber: Dvorapa.EditedMay 29 2017, 10:08 AM

Maybe this should also be suggested to OWE

I don't think this should be considered as alternative to T153255. One reason (among others) why a more visible button is wanted, is to make it obvious to unexperienced users that they should sign. This is something a keyboard shortcut just cannot do.
Nevertheless, a keyboard shortcut as such is still a good idea.

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Which shortcut should we use?

Elitre added a comment.Jun 1 2017, 9:48 AM

Yes. So the S looks taken for so many other purposes. H for Handwriting? X as it's both used to mark the place where a signature goes and for a signature replacement? A autograph, N name, M mark. (Dunno about the combination of keys themselves.)

Deskana added a subscriber: Deskana.EditedJun 1 2017, 10:20 AM

It's generally helpful to consider other editors similar to ours that might've set a standard we can reuse. I can't think of any that have similar functionality to what we're intending; "add signature" in other WYSIWYG editors such as Google Docs is for adding a hand-drawn signature for legal purposes, which is not applicable here. So, not helpful in this case. :-)

Keyboard shortcuts in VisualEditor and the 2017 Wikitext Editor follow either a <X pattern (e.g. <math) or a Ctrl-Shift-X pattern (e.g. Ctrl-Shift-K for a reference). Perhaps <sig or <signature would be best?

Keyboard shortcuts in VisualEditor and the 2017 Wikitext Editor follow either a <X pattern (e.g. <math) or a Ctrl-Shift-X pattern (e.g. Ctrl-Shift-K for a reference).

Actually, the former is a 'sequence', and the latter is a 'shortcut'. Yay terminology. :-) The idea is that the former helps wikitext experts by auto-doing things they're clearly trying to do, but the latter is the 'real' shortcut.

Perhaps <sig or <signature would be best?

So far we've never added a sequence that isn't the beginning of the wikitext equivalent. Also given that the users complaining are those without a Latin keyboard (and so have difficulty writing ~), I'm not sure that'd make them happy. :-)

Jdforrester-WMF changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Jun 1 2017, 3:25 PM

Declaring this 'stalled' waiting for a good idea for a shortcut to use.

Actually, the former is a 'sequence', and the latter is a 'shortcut'. Yay terminology. :-) The idea is that the former helps wikitext experts by auto-doing things they're clearly trying to do, but the latter is the 'real' shortcut.

Today I learnt!

So far we've never added a sequence that isn't the beginning of the wikitext equivalent. Also given that the users complaining are those without a Latin keyboard (and so have difficulty writing ~), I'm not sure that'd make them happy. :-)

The Ctrl-Shift-X shortcut pattern would work too. So, yeah, which letter? Don't say X, you'll ruin my example. ;-)

Perhaps <sig or <signature would be best?

So far we've never added a sequence that isn't the beginning of the wikitext equivalent. Also given that the users complaining are those without a Latin keyboard (and so have difficulty writing ~), I'm not sure that'd make them happy. :-)

Actually, in visual mode ~~~~ already is the sequence for signature, and currently no sequences are active in source code mode.

Atleast a shortcut for adding signature is a high requirement. It is much easier to press two keys 6 tiems than press two or three key once .

How about Ctrl+Shift+- ? (suggesting this in reminiscence of the signature [- -~~~~] added by the non-visual wikitext editor)