I am looking for a browser extension (Chrome if possible) to spot bind clicking on an item of the page to a keyboard shortcut.

E.g. when browsing a thread on Stack Exchange, I would like to bind the shortcut Ctrl + U to the upvote button for the question:

Upvote button for a question on Software Recommendations SE

I am aware of Sikuli but:

  • it is awkward to condition a Sikuli script so that the shortcut is website-dependent
  • element detection in images is a bit slow (~ one second)
  • if I have the element to be detected in multiple location (either different monitors or on the same webpage), it would make the Sikuli script even more complex
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    Maybe a workaround. Try Conkeror web browser. It maps all clickable links on a page to numbers. You can hit f to show the numbers and type the corresponding one. If the upvote shortcut is consistent on all pages, then you can map it to Ctrl+U with AutoHotKey – Tymric Oct 18 '14 at 13:50
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    @Timmy Thanks, this reminds me that I had forgotten to mention the existence of the mouseless browsing add-ons (e.g. addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/mouseless-browsing/…) that assign number for each clickable links present in the page. On Conkeror, no number is assigned to the upvote/downvote button :/ (i.stack.imgur.com/qkDOc.png) but otherwise it can be good to have it around, thanks for the suggestion! – Franck Dernoncourt Oct 18 '14 at 18:58

A shortcut already exists in Stack Exchange.

In your profile page, under Preferences, enable Keyboard Shortcuts

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Pressing ? to show the help menu reveals:

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The shortcut for voting up is V U:

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If it's more convenient to use Ctrl+U, then it can be mapped using an AutoHotKey command:

^u::Send vu
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    Thanks, that's good to know! However I'm looking for a solution that works for most websites, StackExchange was just one example :-) – Franck Dernoncourt Oct 18 '14 at 19:18
  • @FranckDernoncourt I see. But since it's not recognized as a link, I doubt that such a global solution exists. Different websites most likely have different implementations and different shortcuts (if any). I could remove the answer if it's invalid for the scope of your question? – Tymric Oct 18 '14 at 19:25
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    Let's keep the answer, still useful! I was hoping to find some add-ons that could detect a bit more actionable items than just links. – Franck Dernoncourt Oct 18 '14 at 19:27

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