i would really like if the usage of keyboard is increased more in the game play, especially after opening the Stats, using the first letters to navigate within the stats, and then especially while gifting, or exporting/ importing; if the resource can be selected using the Keyboard, it would make our life a lot easier.
i propose the following Hot keys for selecting the resources
so me, @wubman, @SickSadSaint, and @Sobeirannovaocc were discussing on the topic, on how to make the game keyboard friendly, and less mouse dependent especially for the experienced players but still not let it be too confusing and tedious for the new players.
the first step would be to add another option to Toggle hot keys on/off .the default setting being Off so that the game in beginning is same as it is right now.
another addition would be to have a have a drop down menu and you can search resources like you do in the buildings tab. Just put in AL and it would come up with aluminum etc whenever you are importing/exporting/gifting
now when the hotkeys are off, the cursor would auto focus on the search box, and you can directly type the resource name without using the mouse.
when the hotkeys are toggled On just pressing the hot key for that resource would get you to to the gifting pop up box, or import/export that particular resource.
similarly, the hot keys can be used to navigate through the States and even when a colony's dialogue box is open:
M = message
G = gift
E = embassy
the hot keys in this case would appear if you bring your pointer over the symbol, and the 'name of the symbol, hot key' would be shown
hot keys for resources can be shown to the right of the resource name in the resource list while gifting