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Some keyboard questions. [Jul. 17th, 2002|04:45 pm]
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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.

Poll #47332 Keyboard Questions
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13

Do you use your keyboard's function keys?

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Yes
7 (53.8%)
No
6 (46.2%)

Do you ever use Caps Lock, except by accident?

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Yes
7 (53.8%)
No
6 (46.2%)

Do you use the Numeric keypad?

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Yes, both the numeric and navigation bits of it
3 (23.1%)
Yes, numbers only
7 (53.8%)
Yes, navigation only
1 (7.7%)
No
2 (15.4%)

Do you ever use the Insert key, except by accident?

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Yes
2 (15.4%)
No
11 (84.6%)


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?
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From: (Anonymous)
2002-07-17 04:02 pm (UTC)

Regular Uses

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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
[User Picture]From: selfishgene
2002-07-17 08:32 pm (UTC)

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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.

[User Picture]From: hober
2002-07-18 08:51 am (UTC)

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I completely agree on the Insert key issue.
From: ladytabitha
2002-07-18 05:37 am (UTC)

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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??)
[User Picture]From: hober
2002-07-18 07:19 am (UTC)

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Uhhhh, what's the obvious reason?
From: ladytabitha
2002-07-18 07:22 am (UTC)

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[Alt]+[F4]?
[User Picture]From: hober
2002-07-18 09:42 am (UTC)

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Ahh, right. I guess I operated under the assumption that people generally used [Control]+[W] for that sort of thing.
From: ladytabitha
2002-07-18 09:45 am (UTC)

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I'm a-workin on it!
[User Picture]From: hober
2002-07-18 11:06 am (UTC)

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:)

Well, you can still Alt-F4 on my keyboard, so it's all good so far as I'm concerned.
[User Picture]From: hober
2002-07-18 08:50 am (UTC)

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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. :)