This is a great shortcut that has been a long time coming and has finally arrived in InDesign CS3. When typing in a text box press ESC to lose focus on the text frame and switch to the Selection tool. I can’t tell you how many times I have typed a “v” or “a” in text being such a keystroke freak. Thankfully, I am also aware that it is a habit of mine and so far I have never had a “v” stick around long enough to see a printed piece.
This is probably the reason why Quark made such user-unfriendly keystrokes. Just to prevent this kind of thing from happening. It is a sensible thing to do, but this is why proofreaders exist. And spell check. I would rather have the option to make that mistake than to be limited to whatever the keystroke is for all of Quark’s tools. I’m pretty rusty, but I think it was (option command TAB) to cycle forward and (shift option command TAB) to cycle backward. That gives me Carpal Tunnel just thinking about it.
So the ESC trick is great but what if you want to go to the Direct Selection tool (a) from a text frame? InDesign allows you to also make custom key commands to get out of the text box to any tool. This is the kind of thing that puts InDesign above Quark. The option to customize.
Speaking of option(s), I have to admit holding option in QuarkXpress is a great Hand tool shortcut. It makes sense and it is easy to do. It is definitely a lot less riskier than the space bar when working with text in InDesign. A double space is sometimes hard to catch and that won’t come up in spell check. InDesign actually has the option Hand tool key command as well, but it is only when you are focused in a text frame. Which is where you should have it. So, once again InDesign wins. So in closing, Quark blows.