I'm putting together a discovery and research plan for improving the usability of an equities direct trading application. The primary users of the application are day traders, and because they need to act quickly to dynamics in the market in real time, they tend to be very keyboard-oriented. They are constantly scanning across multiple screens/views and don't like to take their hands off the keyboard to use a mouse.
Thus, as we look to improve the interface and functionality of the application, we need to keep mouse usage to an absolute minimum. The traders like to use hotkeys and shortcuts to execute standard commands. In addition, they would like the ability to execute more complex workflows by setting up customizable hotkey shortcuts. Any new UI will need to accommodate this behavior.
Has anyone developed for this kind of environment and specialized user group? Are you aware of related research that might be helpful in terms of designing for keyboard-oriented users?
Thanks in advance for any advice.