short cut keys in Squeak environment
sql.mawi at t-link.de
Sun Oct 26 11:36:47 UTC 2003
Ned Konz <ned at bike-nomad.com> wrote on 25.10.2003 22:26:52:
>Martin Wirblat wrote:
>> So having the alt-key with other modifiers together in use is a
>> barrier of entry, and a help text which is not precise, adds to
>> that ( 'Shift-Alt on other platforms; sometimes Ctrl works too' ).
>> Having copy, cut and paste not where they used to be, is of course
>> problematic in itself. In Germany took a long debate place about
>> Windows vs Opensource in government offices. At one point
>> Opensource was rejected mainly because the copy/cut/paste-problem!
>> My suggestion would be a preference to switch all hotkeys, i.e. to
>> simply switch the modifiers, and to somehow have under windows this
>> preference enabled. This would simplify an updated help text too.
>I don't think you'll like the result, but try this.
Why not? I like it, surprise :). Especially the fact that more common
shortcuts like p, d, q and to a lesser extent i, m, n, b are on what I
call the main modifier key. This way one can use an easier to remember
subset with only one modifier. I like too, that the help text gives a
little prefix which describes the most wanted shortcuts, and that it
accommodates somewhat to the different settings.
However there are some problems, mainly the result of things getting
somewhat complicated with such 'unlinear' preferences.
- For no swapping or duplicating Utilities>>commandKeyMappings comes
up with an error
- For swap-all the second ( big ) part of the keyhelp shows the same
modifiers. "sometimes Ctrl works too" instead of Alt
- Here is a puzzling one: For swap-all ctrl-n will bring up senders,
but ctrl-m does not work for implementors, neither does any other
modifier combination. I vaguely remember that I had some similar
effect when expanding the group of swapped keys to more than the 8
For now I think this should go into 3.7. If we had in the future a
more sophisticated configtool for keybindings I guess I would prefer
this: real editing shortcuts on the main modifier, browser starting
ones on the second one.
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