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Re: Default command key under X11

From: Lars Sonchocky-Helldorf
Subject: Re: Default command key under X11
Date: Mon, 2 May 2011 22:14:03 +0200

Am 02.05.2011 um 05:36 schrieb Eric Wasylishen:

> Hey,
> 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?

Using Ctrl is historically younger than using cmd (on the Mac) or meta (on 
other platforms) and stems from the omittance of such a key on the (historical) 
standard PC keyboard layout. It conflicts with the Ctrl-Key usage in terminal 
windows (where Ctrl-C means something completely different) and is a typical 
quick and dirty Windows-Workaround that somehow became "the standard™" like 
many of such Windows misconceptions. 

Short: Control is for terminal, Command is for GUI – don't mix this

> Cheers.
> Eric
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