Subject: Re: -key "introduction"
To: Dan LaBell <email@example.com>
From: Johnny Billquist <bqt@Update.UU.SE>
Date: 03/31/2005 00:08:56
On Wed, 30 Mar 2005, Dan LaBell wrote:
> I suppose I will retract any comment about inconsistency , since I don't want
> to be more consistent with vt220. I've used them, and they are wierd. For
> example, < > are their own key, Shift-COMMA isn't < and when touch typing
> that seemed criminal. They have CAPS lock where CTRL should be, and as
> seemingly punitive measure placed CTRL to the left of it, so if you want ctrl
> you have to reach over caps lock. PC and MAC keyboards are more similiar to
> each other than to vt series.
That's a matter of taste. I agree that the idea of placing < > on their
own key, and all that followed was abomination. However, the placement of
shift, lock and ctrl is much nicer than on a PC keyboard.
All you need is a VT300 or newer, and you can have the placement of < >
and that stuff restored to normal again. (Obviously a lot people were
unhappy with that detail, so DEC made it possible to back out of it.)
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