|Some keyboard questions.
||[Jul. 17th, 2002|04:45 pm]
|||||FLCL - Little Busters||]|
I've been thinking about keyboard issues again. I'm real close to up and ordering a batch of custom keyboards. But before I finalize my design, I'd like some feedback on your keyboard usage.
Please elaborate on your answers in comments and stuff.
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13
Do you use your keyboard's function keys?
Do you ever use Caps Lock, except by accident?
Do you use the Numeric keypad?
|Yes, both the numeric and navigation bits of it
| 3 (23.1%)
|Yes, numbers only
| 7 (53.8%)
|Yes, navigation only
| 1 (7.7%)
| 2 (15.4%)
Do you ever use the Insert key, except by accident?
Personally, I don't use the function keys, I don't use Caps Lock, I don't use the Numeric keypad, and I don't use the Insert key.
If you do use the function keys, how and why? Is there some application-specific binding that you use, or is there some cross-application binding that's become popular? For instance, F1 is usually a Help key, and F11 seems to sometimes full-screen various applications. Or is it that you rebind them yourself to something useful? If so, what?
2002-07-17 04:02 pm (UTC)
Since there doesn't appear to be a "submit" button in the framed poll page ...
Function Keys: bound in ion (http://modeemi.cs.tut.fi/~tuomov/ion/) or wm (http://www.windowmaker.org) for common actions like xterms and xlockmore
Cap Locks: never
Numeric Pad: numbers and occasionally for tetris
Insert: when under Windows, cutting and pasting from some terminal emulators
I love function keys because I am not very dexterous. I will write 20 line macros to save 2 keystrokes on a function used twice a day. I detest having to hit 2 keys simultaneously e.g. cntl-X. A function key is much easier for me. When pressing a control key I have to hold it down 3 times as long as a simple hit, to ensure that the other key is not hit after lifting the control key. (OK I haven't timed this with a high speed camera but that's how it feels.)
Some applications like upper case only (esp. mainframe apps).
I use the numeric keys a lot.
It can be useful on occasion to enter overstrike mode rather than insert mode. I don't really need a key for this, I would be happy with a menu option.
I completely agree on the Insert key issue.
All I ever use of the function keys is [F4], for the obvious reason.
I work in an area which requires quite a bit of data entry, and I think I would've gone postal if I didn't have my numeric keypad. (You wanna try entering in numbers for 13 segments, daily, for a month, with the row of numbers??)
Uhhhh, what's the obvious reason?
Ahh, right. I guess I operated under the assumption that people generally used [Control]+[W] for that sort of thing.
Well, you can still Alt-F4 on my keyboard, so it's all good so far as I'm concerned.
One thing that I like about not having a numeric keypad on the main keyboard is that no one is prevented from getting one of those standalone numeric keypads, and putting it on their preferred side of the keyboard. :)