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QuestionMark.js – Shortcut Keys Displayed with a Shortcut Key

QuestionMark.jsA couple of months ago I saw a Google+ post by Robert Nyman referring to the menu of shortcut keys that appears when you hit the ? key on the keyboard in certain web apps.

Try it: Go to Twitter.com, GitHub.com, or Gmail, and you’ll see each of those apps will trigger a modal window of shortcut key definitions when you hit the question mark key.

I think this should be the standard way for all websites/apps. A modal window of keyboard shortcuts is just one way to do that.

So over the past 3 or 4 days I hacked together QuestionMark.js. It’s a tiny script that uses the Fetch API to display a multi-column layout of shortcut key definitions in a modal window.

All the code, info, and demos you’ll need are at the links below:

QuestionMark.js

To make it work, just customize the question.mark.html page to match your app’s shortcut keys, and include the script and CSS file. You can also install it via npm:

npm install question-mark-js

As long as the markup is consistent with the example markup already included, you should have no problems. Although it is responsive, there is currently no way that I know of to trigger the modal on a touch device. I suppose you could add a separate button that displays on certain devices or screen sizes to trigger it.

4 Responses

  1. Chris Coyier says:

    Hey Louis,

    Pretty rad plugin!

    Just to clear up how you might to Ajax on CodePen, I forked up your demo and made it work.

    Alterations:

    1) Removed the inline div with all the popup HTML in it
    2) Replaced JS with exactly the QuestionMark.js file from your repo
    3) Took the HTML from question.mark.html and made a Pen from it, then appended .html to the URL which gives you direct access to that HTML http://codepen.io/chriscoyier/pen/difoC.html
    4) Changed the Ajax open request to be a GET instead of POST
    5) Changed the Ajax open request to use the .html URL from #4
    6) Yay

  2. Thank’s a Lot,
    I got too much information about use of CSS from tour website.

    Regards,
    Bhuhsan Purushe.
    (bhushanpurushe@gmail.com)

  3. Frank says:

    Pretty nice plugin! Thanks for that!

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