|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.
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
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. :)