Monday, October 23, 2006

FireFox 2 is out and Alt S is broken

So I grabbed the final release of FireFox 2 this morning. The answer to the age old question of “Are your extensions broken?” is a resounding yes. I think maybe 3 of them work as of this morning. Luckily they are the ones that I use most of the time.

The next big annoyance with FF2.0 is that the developers decided at some point that the Alt+S shortcut that submits a form on just about every modern forum software needed to be changed into a shortcut to the History menu. This is utter crap and shows that the devs are completely out of touch with the user base. Luckily someone in some forum figured out how to revert it. Be warned though, I have no idea what other things this breaks.

To fix Alt+S in FireFox 2.x:

Open up a new Window/Tab and type “about:config” in the address bar.
In the Filter bar type: “ui.key.contentAccess” and press enter.
Double click the item and change the value from 5 to 4.

That is all. Enjoy your Alt+S ing again.


frantik said...


Jason said...


Thanks a bunch!

tyler said...


Take a look at the first page of Google results for "ui.key.contentAccess". You'll find:

-What the setting does
-Lots of discussion on Bugzilla that clearly shows the developers aren't "completely out of touch with the user base"
-A well written analysis of the "accesskey" HTML attribute at which indicates that the Alt-S problem with FF2 is mostly a result of a vague spec from the W3C


J said...

You can use Alt-Shift-S . Most of the old short-cuts now involve a Shift if you don't change the UI setting discussed above.



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