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  1. Minecraft: Java Edition
  2. MC-122645

Narrator hotkey cannot be rebound or disabled

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    Details

    • Type: Bug
    • Status: Resolved
    • Resolution: Works As Intended
    • Affects Version/s: Minecraft 1.12.2, Minecraft 18w05a, Minecraft 18w11a, Minecraft 18w16a, Minecraft 18w19a, Minecraft 18w20a, Minecraft 18w20b, Minecraft 18w20c, Minecraft 18w21a, Minecraft 18w21b, Minecraft 18w22c, Minecraft 1.13-pre1, Minecraft 1.13-pre2, Minecraft 1.13-pre3, Minecraft 1.13-pre4, Minecraft 1.13-pre5, Minecraft 1.13-pre6, Minecraft 1.13-pre7, Minecraft 1.13, Minecraft 18w30b, Minecraft 1.13.2, Minecraft 19w05a, Minecraft 19w06a, Minecraft 19w07a, Minecraft 19w12b, Minecraft 19w13b, Minecraft 19w14a, Minecraft 19w14b, Minecraft 1.14 Pre-Release 1, Minecraft 1.14.1
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Labels:
      None
    • Confirmation Status:
      Confirmed
    • Category:
      Accessibility, UI

      Description

      Summary

      The narrator hotkey cannot be rebound or disabled. It does not appear in the key binding interface.

      What I expected to happen

      I expected to be able to rebind the narrator toggle hotkey or disable the narrator activation entirely.

      What happened

      Without fail, the narrator hotkey toggles the narrator.  There is no option to disable, nor is there a configurable hotkey.

      Why this matters

      violine1101 points out:

      This key not being able to be rebound is a huge accessibility issue in itself; on some keyboard layouts, some letters are written by pressing Alt Gr (which acts as if you would press Ctrl and Alt simultaneously) and another key at the same time. For instance, to write the at symbol @ on a German keyboard, we need to press AltGr + Q.

      Now, on some keyboard layouts, some letters or symbols are written by pressing AltGr + B, which will toggle the narrator in Minecraft. For instance, if you're using a Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, or South Slavic Latin keyboard layout and want to write the symbol "{", you need to press exactly that combination of keys.

      for myself:

      One of my favorite things about Minecraft is the rich ecosystem of mods.  Some of the most popular mods are forced into awkward keybindings because of this issue.

      How to fix it

      Look at this comment by geni for a concise explanation including source code references.

      https://bugs.mojang.com/browse/MC-122645?focusedCommentId=547830&page=com.atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#comment-547830 

      Instead of checking for the hotkey in this hardcoded way, it just needs to be handled the same way as (almost) every other keystroke in the game.

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              • Assignee:
                grum [Mojang] Grum (Erik Broes)
                Reporter:
                wil.langford Wil Langford
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