OpenType features can be set in the Character panel
Currently, OpenType features settings can only be set in the OpenType panel. As a result, the user experience is poor. Being able to set OpenType features in the Character panel will improve the user experience.
Bobby Henderson commented
I would like it if certain typographical features weren't so scattered in the user interface, or if certain OTF functions could appear in the character palette in a context sensitive manner. One example is numerals. If I want to change default tabular lining figures in a string of numerals to proportional lining I have to open the OTF palette and then click a fly-out menu just for that setting. Context sensitive buttons in the character palette or even drop down options underneath the numbers themselves on the art board would be faster.