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Re: Default command key under X11

From: Ivan Vučica
Subject: Re: Default command key under X11
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 17:33:19 +0200

On 2. svi. 2011., at 11:09, Richard Frith-Macdonald wrote:

On 2 May 2011, at 04:36, Eric Wasylishen wrote:


Why don't we change the default command key under X11 to Control?

My reasoning is that the most important uses of keyboard modifiers (by far) are the CUA key combinations like ctrl+c for copy, ctrl-v for paste, ctrl+z for undo, etc., and since every other X11 toolkit uses the Control key for these by default, I think GS should as well. It's really jarring to have to switch between Ctrl when using non-GNUstep apps and Alt when using GS apps. I know you can configure this using user defaults, but we should be using settings that fit in with gtk/qt by default, I think. Thoughts?

I would say ... because the control key is already defined and has its own uses ... control and command keys are separate ... I imagine it would mess lots of stuff up if you tried to use one key for two purposes.
Probably what you are really looking for is an alternative mapping of keyboard shortcuts ...I would have thought it would make sense to define a theme to remap standard shortcuts any way you like, without conflating the concepts of the different keys as far as the API is concerned.

So, when using a gnome theme, you would remap the keyboard shortcuts in the menus to match whatever is normal in gnome ... but the gui internals and API would remain consistent and OSX/OpenStep compatible.

Agreed here. When rebooting into Linux on my tripleboot Mac, I love being able to keep the shortcuts as they were, but I understand the needs of GNOME/Windows users.

Themes should perhaps be able to suggest switching the mappings.
Ivan Vučica
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