Adapting Control Keys for ex-mac users
michael at james.st
Mon Nov 25 09:23:36 EST 2002
A simple and enduring plus for the Macintosh
is that Control and Command keys have always been distinct.
In ANY application ^C means just that,
type an ascii control-C,
deliver it within the text stream I'm typing.
If that makes no sense, ignore it.
So in a terminal emulating program it sends ^C to the far end.
To signal to the local application itself, "I want to copy something"
you type Command-C, (on a PC keyboard it's Alt-C).
So it's simple:
Control Key -> ascii control characters, or ignored
Command Key -> out of band communication with local application.
Unfortunately Linux suffers from it's PC heritage
and different applications behave differently.
Unfortunately my fingers are conditioned to hit Alt-C to copy,
or Alt-N for a new whatever, or Alt-S to save it.
Anyone know of a level of key-mapping that will untangle this?
Feed applications with an unambiguous,
"He wants to copy", "He really wants an ascii ^N here"?
Without much hope,
Michael James michael at james.st
Network Programmer voice: 02 6246 5040
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