Guide - Contact Center Keyboard Interaction 1.0


The Contact Center application respects the keyboard shortcuts defined by the usual operating systems and browsers to avoid confusion of the user with divergent shortcuts. Therefore the CC has a set of shortcuts of its own.

There are several websites that deal with the shortcuts of operating systems and browsers:

Useful Libraries

The plugin jQuery Hotkeys supports the handling of keyboard events.


Controls have to be put in a useful order so that the user can navigate them via tab key. Therefore they should have an attribute tabindex to specify the position in the tabbing order.
It must be possible to interact with the contact center with defined shortcuts.


The global shortcuts are defined in ContactRoute.js and can be adapted easily:

function(Ember, AuthenticatedRoute) {
      var ContactRoute = AuthenticatedRoute.extend({
          needs: ['coBrowse'],
          shortcuts: {
              'alt+b': 'coBrowse',
              'alt+i': 'showContactOverview',
              'alt+q': 'endContact',
              'alt+c': 'showCouponPage',
              'alt+o': 'showQuickOrderPage',
              'alt+l': 'showStoreFinder',
              'alt+s': 'showProductSearch',

The template Contact.jsp contains the global links with the their defined shortcuts. The shortcuts are appended to the link wrapped in a <kbd> which handles this switchable visibility.

<li class="pull-right">
 <a href="#"{{action "coBrowse"}}><span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span> {{i18n "co_browse.button.label"}} <kbd>Alt+b</kbd></a>
{{#link-to 'contact.overview' tagName="li"}}
 {{#link-to 'contact.overview' name="overviewPage"}}{{i18n ""}}<kbd>Alt+i</kbd>{{/link-to}}
{{#link-to 'quickOrder' tagName="li"}}
 {{#link-to 'quickOrder' name="linkOrderPage"}}{{i18n ""}}<kbd>Alt+o</kbd>{{/link-to}}
{{#link-to 'promotions' tagName="li"}}
 {{#link-to 'promotions' name="linkCouponPage"}}{{i18n ""}}<kbd>Alt+c</kbd>{{/link-to}}
{{#link-to 'contact.storeFinder' tagName="li"}}
 {{#link-to 'contact.storeFinder' name="linkStoreFinderPage"}}{{i18n ""}}<kbd>Alt+l</kbd>{{/link-to}}

Used Shortcuts


Key EventAction
Alt+KShows all possible shortcuts of the page (shortcut hints)
Alt+HShows online help of the Contact Center
ALT+ECustomer search switches between the simple customer search and the extended customer search.
ALT+IOpens the customer overview page
Alt+OOpens the Quick Order page
ALT+BContact session pages starts a co-browsing storefront session
ALT+COpens the Coupon page
ALT+LOpens the stores list
Alt+QFinishes the current contact session

Login Page

Key EventAction
EnterLogin at the contact center

Welcome Page

Key EventAction
Alt+sShows the customer search
Alt+cShows the coupon page

Customer Search Form

Key EventAction
Alt+eShow the extended search
EnterSearch for a customer
Alt+aAssign a customer

Coupon Page

Key EventAction
keyUp/keyDownSelect a promotion
EnterCreate a coupon code

Quick Order

Key EventAction
Alt+oShows the quick order page
Select drop down boxes and select items

Navigation with Arrow-Keys (←,→,↑,↓)

In order to support navigation with arrow keys, a concept has been implemented that allows developers to define groups of selectable elements. Within a group the selected entry can be changed by using the up and down arrow keys (↑,↓).
If a page contains multiple groups the keys left and right (←,→) can be used to switch the group. A selected entry can be opened or confirmed using the Enter key.

This general behavior is implemented in the main JavaScript cc-app.js:

 // General key up/down handler for arrows
            if(e.which == 37) { // left
                var currentFocusGroupItems = $('[data-keyboard-focus-group]');
                var currentFocusGroup = $(':focus').closest('[data-keyboard-focus-group]');
                var prevIndex = ( currentFocusGroupItems.index(currentFocusGroup) - 1);
                if (prevIndex < 0) prevIndex = 0;
            if(e.which == 39) { // right
                var currentFocusGroupItems = $('[data-keyboard-focus-group]');
                var currentFocusGroup = $(':focus').closest('[data-keyboard-focus-group]');
                var nextIndex = ( currentFocusGroupItems.index(currentFocusGroup) + 1);
            if(e.which == 38) { // up
                var currentFocusElement = $(':focus');
                var currentFocusGroupItems = currentFocusElement.closest('[data-keyboard-focus-group]').find('[data-keyboard-focus]');
                var prevIndex = ( currentFocusGroupItems.index(currentFocusElement) - 1);
                if (prevIndex < 0) prevIndex = 0;
            if(e.which == 40) { // down
                var currentFocusElement = $(':focus');
                var currentFocusGroupItems = currentFocusElement.closest('[data-keyboard-focus-group]').find('[data-keyboard-focus]');
                var nextIndex = ( currentFocusGroupItems.index(currentFocusElement) + 1);
            if(e.which == 13) { // enter

To define an focus group container any container element (like a div) has to be marked with the tag data-keyboard-focus-group="".
Within this container the selectable items must be tagged with data-keyboard-focus="" and they additionally should have a tabindex.
As mentioned above it is possible two have multiple focus group containers at one page. Therefore multiple div containers can be defined.

jsp file
    <!--- Define a data-keyboard-focus-group --->
    <div class="row" data-keyboard-focus-group="">
        <a href="#" tabindex="-1" data-keyboard-focus="">
            {{show-address address=selectedCommonShipToAddress}}
        <a href="#" tabindex="-1" data-keyboard-focus="">
            {{show-address address=selectedInvoiceToAddress}}
    <!--- Define another data-keyboard-focus-group --->
    <div class="row" data-keyboard-focus-group="">


EmberJS is able to define keyboard events on the most HTML elements.

Testing the existing keyboard events is possible and as easy as it could be.

Go to the view where the element is contained in and add a keyDown event the the view.

Example of binding a keyevent
CCApp.ServiceRequestView = Ember.View.extend({
    keyDown: function(e) {
    	e.keyCode == 85) {
        	return false;


Events will be triggered only when the focus is on a HTML input element.

There is an alternative option for defining global keyboard events.

Example of the binding of a global keyboard event
$(document).bind('keydown', 's', function (evt) {
	console.log("Customer link " + $("[name='customerSearch']").attr('href') + " clicked!");
	return false;


If you want to test mouse or keyboard events in Qunit, you have to use one of the following code snippets.

Test events with Qunit
// click the given element
andThen(function() {
	// assertion area
// fire the keydown event with the keycode '13' on the given element
keyEvent('[name="organization"]', 'keydown', 13);
andThen(function() {
	// assertion area

Geb + Spock

Click tests based on Geb and Spock can also test keyboard interactions using the following code snippet:

$("input", name: "firstName") << Keys.chord(Keys.CONTROL, "P")
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