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I would like to have similar editing possibilities with keyboard shortcuts in comments as in writing questions.

I find myself typing Ctrl-B at the moment too often in the comment section.

Please, add keyboard shortcuts to comments.

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  • Highlighting comments was an after thought. Jul 15, 2009 at 23:09
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    @Jeff: Please, explain the reason for your decision.
    – Masi
    Jul 15, 2009 at 23:24
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    @Masi - Jeff and the team is under no obligation to explain their reasons. Also starting a bounty for these questions doesn't help when they are already tracking the feature-request tag. PLease refrain from these practises and sit back and watch how it is being done by others? Jul 18, 2009 at 12:41
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    -1 For starting Bounties on items already flagged as Feature Requests Jul 18, 2009 at 12:43
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    Maybe I simply do not know how things work exactly, but I doubt the bounty was started to attract attention (or a positive answer) from Jeff and the team. I'd expect the bounty to have been started to invite others to give their (positive or negative) opinion, and maybe just to indicate that one is serious about a suggestion. Masi, could you explain the reason for the bounty?
    – Arjan
    Jul 18, 2009 at 18:25
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    @Arjam: The reason is that I spend hours in SO-family per week. This means that I will spend many many hours in SO for the next 80 years. --- I just want to improve the core system such that it is easy for us to use it. --- Kip's answer is best what we can do without the team. However, I see that it would be much easier for us if the feature would be integrated to the main system. --- I would like to know reasons why we could not integrate it to the main system. --- Is it a CPU problem or a bug in the design of comment system? I would like to help if it is one of the previous ones.
    – Masi
    Jul 18, 2009 at 19:37
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    @Masi - it certainly is something the team is capable of doing, there's no technical limitation. Plus it would be all Javascript so there'd be no extra server load. I think the only reason they would decline it is because they simply don't have the time to do it.
    – Kip
    Jul 18, 2009 at 20:56
  • @Kip: You did it. It should not take much time to improve your script for the core system, when the development is done publicly.
    – Masi
    Jul 19, 2009 at 1:36
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    @Masi yeah, but i'm much smarter than the team. it would take them weeks. (that's a joke). seriously though, they could probably copy & paste the code from the javascript for the markdown editor, since it already has that functionality
    – Kip
    Jul 20, 2009 at 3:13
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    @Masi: FYI code in my script has been updated. I fixed buggy detection of ctrl key, used much better built-in "ctrlKey" attribute of keypressed event object.
    – Kip
    Jul 28, 2009 at 16:23

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Edit: this script now lives on StackApps.

Since this request is declined and Jeff is unlikely to be swayed by a bounty, I have written a GreaseMonkey script to add this functionality. I've added Ctrl+B and Ctrl+I support. I agree that it would be a good idea for this to be incorporated into the base code, but I guess it is not a high priority.

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  • Thank you for your answer! --- My Firefox is getting heavy with Greasemonkey. I hope that we get a similar code to this to the core system.
    – Masi
    Jul 18, 2009 at 19:45
  • Great catch! - I did not notice that when I read your code.
    – Masi
    Jul 28, 2009 at 18:34
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    +1 when the person in charge won't do it, do it yourself.
    – Jonathan.
    Feb 21, 2011 at 20:54
  • Still not a high priority? Okay not high, but low priority? No? How about adding this one thing since many other features found their way in since 2009? Still no? Okay, is Jeff still around there to watch over what the good guys at SO are up to? ;P Oct 7, 2019 at 17:50

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