From: Serenella Ciongoli (czs00_at_eng.amdahl.com)
Date: Thu Apr 27 2000 - 05:34:42 EDT
On Wed, Apr 26, 2000 at 09:29:57PM -0700, Randal Whittle wrote:
> At 11:24 PM 04/26/2000 -0500, you wrote:
> >Wednesday, April 26, 2000, 10:44:18 AM, Randal wrote:
> >RW> IBM has screwed a lot of things up (including some complaints
> >RW> about keyboard quality & "feel" in a few cases), but one thing they've
> >RW> still gotten right is the keyboard layout. That's a subtle, but huge
> >RW> selling point for me (along with the trackpoint--I detest touchpads).
> >Except, of course, that they continue to promulgate their ancient
> >error of putting the Caps Lock key where Ctrl should be -- hence the
> >need for keyboard remapping software!
> I don't know what country you're from (or maybe you're using one
> of those cheap i-series machines), but on my TP600, the Caps Lock key is
> right where its supposed to be and has been since the Dvorak keyboard was
> invented, and the control key down below the shift key where it belongs.
> That's how its been on every good desktop keyboard I've used over
> the last 10 - 15 years, and where it was (except there was no Control key)
> on the standard-setting IBM Selectric Typewriter I learned to type on
> nearly 20 years ago.
> The Caps Lock has always been above the Shift key. Why do you
> want the Control key there?
Because there are tools both in the Windows and in the Unix (Linux)
environment where the Control Key is used very frequently, much, much more
frequently than the Caps Lock key. Word keyboard shortcuts, Qedit, Emacs are
examples of such tools.
Having the Control below the Shift key stresses my hand much more than
having it in place of the Caps Lock key.
Sun keyboards (and IBM ones when shipped with AIX servers) reverse the
position of Caps lock and Control keys.
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