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Subject: Re: [dita] Stage one proposal: Add an element for things you press on keyboards.

We often use the following:

Press <uicontrol><shortcut>Ctrl+Alt+Delete</shortcut></uicontrol> to restart the system. I'm not a huge fan of it.


I like the DocBook structure better:



I'd prefer a way to identify on screen elements in combination with hardware keystrokes.


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From: <dita@lists.oasis-open.org> on behalf of Zoe Lawson <zoelawson17@hotmail.com>
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 10:09 AM
To: DITA TC <dita@lists.oasis-open.org>
Subject: [dita] Stage one proposal: Add an element for things you press on keyboards.


I often want to add special formatting for things I press/type, such as CTRL+Z or ALT+0235. I know that <userinput> exists, but that generally seems to be intended for strings you put into fields. Also, I generally want different formatting for things I press on a keyboard vs text I need to enter.


Right now (because I'm a DITA specialization newbie), I'm using <userinput outputclass="keyboard">CTRL+S</userinput> in my processing. I'd love to simplify this down to something like <keyboard>CTRL+S</keyboard>. Potentially this is just a small addition to the software elements domain.


And trying to write this without using the word "key" is hard. 


Zoà Lawson

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