Having created many shortcut routines in LISP over the years, I have also developed certain guidelines for naming those shortcuts.
Here are my guidelines for short key in names…
- Keep them on the left side of the keyboard – close to the left hand that usually rests on the keyboard
- Keep them key-able with one hand. Don’t make me take my other hand off the mouse.
- Keep them somehow associated with the command name or function. (an abbreviation)
- Feel free to double up on characters
- Do not use numbers in the name
- Use three characters if needed
- Use grouped letters that are close to each other on the keyboard
- Do not make me move my hand back and forth on the keyboard if you use three characters
- It is easier to move from left to right on the keyboard than the other way
- It is easier to go from top to bottom on the keyboard
By following a few tips about naming the abbreviated command you can gain even more speed by reducing the thinking and typing required.