I have been asked to provide hot key standards for a desktop application
that is suffering from clashing mnemonics due to a desire to put a
hotkey on every piece of functionality, Menu bars, menu items and icons.
For example, depending on the context Ctrl P could do more than one
thing: Print or access a polygon icon, and did Print open the Menu item
or access the Print icon
The product manager wants to remove hotkeys. On first look it seems to
me they need simple rules based around the grid layout of their dialogs.
i.e. Ctrl key for the top row, Alt key for the second and Alt Shift key
for the third row. Also no hotkeys on icons. However that was my first
impression. I am going to spend time researching Vista guidelines and
others but if anyone has similar experiences and how they solved it, or
know of some excellent articles on this please point the way.