The concept of shortcuts is to allow extremely quick access to commonly used phrases by a small number of characters. As the shortest extreme is the single character 't' which as default will produce the word 'the'. Other examples are 'bbfn' equating to 'bye bye for now'.
Any combination of alphabetic keys can be allocated to a phrase, but that combination can only be used once. The phrase that is equated with the key combination must comply with the normal Speakeasy word and phrase construction criteria and can only contain the keys allowed on normal keyboard input.
The shortcuts can be administered from within the Shortcut Panel, and this is described under Shortcut Administration below.
Entering the Shortcuts Panel
The Shortcuts panel is entered from the Keyboard Input version of the Main Screen by either typing the Tilde (~) key or by clicking anywhere within the panel with the left mouse button.
Alternative methods of entering this panel from the alternative Input Methods are described within the specific screen description sections.
When the Shortcuts Panel is active it will have a light green background as below, the help panel on the upper right will also be light green and the heading 'Shortcuts' will be in red.
Reaction with the Shortcuts Panel
There are two distinct methods of reacting with the Shortcuts Panel, i.e. Keyboard or Mouse. These are described individually below.
Navigation of the entries is via the up(↑) and down (↓) keys.
Selection of the shortcut is by using the tilde (~) or the space key.
As a new shortcut is highlighted it's full text will be displayed i below the word panel. To select use the space key or double click. In the illustration below the entry of HRU How are you? is shown highlighted.
Exit from the Shortcuts panel is by the TAB key.
Administration (see below) of the shortcuts is entered using the backslash (\) key
Navigation is by the Single Left Click of the mouse.
Selection of the shortcut is by Single Left Click. This selection will place the shortcut into the Word Panel and update the remaining Aids Panels including Relevant Phrases. It will NOT add the shortcut to the Phrase.
Add to Phrase is performed with the Double Left Click.
Administration (see below) is entered by the Single Right Click.
There are two possibilities when entering Administration, i.e. that a shortcut is selected (highlighted) or no shortcut is highlighted.
Shortcut Highlighted On entering administration a pop up will ask:
"Do you want to delete this shortcut?"
If you answer "Yes" then the shortcut will be deleted.
If you answer "No" then you will be asked:
"Do you want to change this shortcut"
If you answer "No" then you will exit the Administration Function.
If you answer "Yes" then the text associated with the shortcut will be available for editing.
In order to change the shortcut letters, the shortcut must be deleted (se above) and a new shortcut added (see below).
No Shortcut Highlighted. On entering administration a pop up will ask:
"Do you want to add a shortcut?"
If you answer "No" the administration will be exited.
If you answer "Yes" then whatever is in the Word Field will be offered as a shortcut. You can accept this or change it. When you OK this key combination a new pop up will ask you for the associated text. When you OK this text, the new shortcut will be available for use.