I'm using Opera with only a keyboard, without the mouse. Opera includes support of

Shift+ arrows

to navigate over active elements (such as links,input fields,clickable images) on the page. Current element is outlined with blue box and I can activate is with "Enter" button

The comment upvote button is not active (it shows only when mouse is over the comment).

So, I request a feature: not to hide comment upvote button, just show it in gray.

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Until this gets implemented (if it gets implemented at all), I have a simple userscript to show all the comment flags/upvotes: http://so.piskvor.org/101707/fakemouseover.user.js

function fakemouse_with_jquery(f) {
    var script = document.createElement("script");
    script.type = "text/javascript";
    script.textContent = "(" + f.toString() + ")(jQuery)";

fakemouse_with_jquery(function($) {
        jel = $(elem);
    $('.comments tr').removeAttr('class');

For some reason, Opera's keyboard nav picks up on some IDs and classes; removing them seems to help (warning: the above code has been shotgun-debugged in an attempt to stop Opera from focusing on the whole comment box - with partial success: some upvotes/flags are now easier to reach, focus on commenter's username and go left - in many cases this gets you to the "flag comment" link, depending on how the comment is flowed)

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    Hm. Even with the links showing, it's still a PITA to get to them with the keyboard navigation. Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 15:14

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