Using Anki with tiling window managers and keyboard-centric workflows

I’d like to switch to a tiling window manager (i3) and control Anki using just the keyboard. Some issues I’m running into are:

  1. I can’t access some functionality even with TAB navigation. The rename deck and deck options are hidden behind the gear button which I can’t get to without clicking on the mouse.

  2. Menus appear far away when using ALT + LETTER navigation. For instance, the follow screenshot shows the card browser’s Go menu after being activated with Alt+g, but the menu list appears in the center of the screen rather than below “Go”:

  1. Some windows open in tiled mode (add card, the card browser), but some open in floating mode (import, export, deck options, manage note types, and card types) with fixed window dimensions. I’d like for most of these to act in tiled mode, with the exception of the card browser (there’s just so much content that it should be full screen). I admit, this third problem probably requires changing the config of my window manager and not Anki, but I’m not sure how.

I’m somewhat new to tiling and was hoping someone that uses a tiling wm could offer tips or share config files. I totally understand if this can’t be supported since most of Anki’s users are using an OS that uses the floating window paradigm.

Re 1, deck options can be accessed via ‘s o’

Re 2, menus pop up in the correct location for me when using sway on Wayland. I presume the issue is either in i3, and/or Qt.

Re 3, I’m guessing the difference comes down to the locations we use “main windows” vs modal dialogs. Someone would need to investigate if we can preserve the window modal behaviour while allowing them to be tiled.

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