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Keyboard navigation non-functional

  • Hi,
    It's currently impossible to navigate pages in Opera Desktop using only the keyboard. Even Internet Explorer does a much better job than this! The shortcuts provided do work, but browsing still requires the use of a mouse to follow any links. The most glaring omission is the lack of "prev/next link" shortcuts; this makes it impossible to "click" on any links, as the Tab key only cycles through form fields. There is of course much other tuning that can be done, but implementing these would be a great first step.
    For some such as myself, this is an annoyance. For others who for disability reasons cannot use a mouse (I remind you how well Op12 served users with accessiblity needs), it means Opera is completely out-of-bounds as a possible browser.

  • There is a chrome extension called Crossfire (works in Opera 24, too! -- tested by me), but thats only a bad replacement for spatial/keyboard navigation which existed in Opera 12.

    CrossFire for Google Chrome™ allows you to move to the next link with a keyboard.
    This method is called "Spatial Navigation" in Opera and "CrossFire" in Firefox Addons.

    Shift + Up : navigate up
    Shift + Down : navigate down
    Shift + Left : navigate left
    Shift + Right : navigate right
    Enter: navigate the focused link

    as written in README from

  • I would love spacial navigation the way it was in Presto via the arrow keys on the keyboard. BTW, it has been done pretty much as well in the current Vivaldi.