- 22 Dec. 2006 - 05:12:
an idea for an interface app
this is an idea i've had for a while, and i'm asking if anyone has tried this, or if people things its worth putting some effort into.
the gist is this. i hate the mouse. i really do. applications like quicksilver for mac are brilliant, but they only go so far. i'm looking for a way to control a gui with a keyboard. i realize this is somewhat defeating the point of Graphical UI, but thats fine.
what i'm invisioning is this. an application that parses all text on the screen, and by typing the user can select individual pieces of text. where text isn't available, the user can assign a hotkey or a label to a mouseclick. for example, to get into gmail, the user hits s, which launches the start menu, and begins to type "firefox". the program compares whats being typed to available text and preassign tags within the menu. if nothing is found, the mouse doesn't move. in this case, it matches firefox, and the mouse jumps to that and clicks on it. the application launches, and per normal windows takes focus. the user then hits f (for favorites toolbar) and starts typing gmail. same system as before. the f key here is user defined. the s key above would be preset, but the button used can be changed.
does this sound like something workable?