[MlMt] Block tabbing to clickable items in messages

Steve Burling srb at umich.edu
Fri Nov 19 15:45:53 EST 2021

On 18 Nov 2021, at 14:06, Randall Meadows wrote:

> I'm using the three-pane view: mailbox list on left, message list on 
> top-right, selected message on bottom-right.
> When I get an HTML message and focus ends up in the message (like 
> after I click a link), I am now completely stuck in the message view 
> from a keyboard navigation point-of-view, i.e., I cannot tab back to 
> the message or mailbox list--tabbing just keeps cycling between 
> clickable items in the message.
> I *NEVER* want this behavior.  Ever.  Tab the focus away is all I do 
> and ever will want to do.
> What is the magic voodoo incantation to make MailMate allow my caveman 
> ways?

This drove me nuts, too. While not the tab key, I put this:

	"0" = ("makeFirstResponder:", "mainOutline"); // move focus to message 
	"9" = ("selectNextKeyView:"); // move focus to next pane
	"8" = ("selectPreviousKeyView:"); // move focus to previous pane

in ~/Library/Application 
Support/MailMate/Resources/KeyBindings/srb.plist, and added 'srb' to the 
'Custom Key Bindings' field in the General preferences, restarted 
Mailman, and then hitting the "0" key will take me back to the message 
list. Better than nothing for me. I still find myself fruitless hitting 
Shift-Tab sometimes.

-- Steve

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