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Why don't keyboard shortcuts e.g CTRL+P for play/pause work on flash-based media players?

Why don't keyboard shortcuts e.g CTRL+P for play/pause work on flash-based media players?

I use netvibes to listen to podcasts when I am home. It can stream a podcast so I don't have to download it, or subscribe to it like iTunes, Zune etc. It uses a flash-based player to do this.

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Guest [Entry]

"Pretty much. Flash can't take keyboard input unless you've clicked in it. You could probably throw something together with autohotkey, but honesty, there are easier methods. Many players (Foobar does, at least) allow you to point them to a file on an external server and stream it, complete with hotkeys and everything.

EDIT: Oh, and the flash players TOTALLY could have those shortcuts if they had focus - they just don't, most of the time. They're not built for long listening, really."
Guest [Entry]

"The usual cause is that the web browser has focus and so is processing the shortcuts.

However, as CTRL+P is print I would have expected that you'd have noticed the print dialog appearing. If that's not the case then it must be that the Flash player isn't coded to accept CTRL+P as valid input."