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Bug#192305: "q to end, b for begin" ambiguous



debian@computerdatasafe.com.au wrote:
> I know you were not proposing control-{this,that}, but it's a logical
> extension of what you were suggesting
Maybe I'm not too bright in the logic department, but how is
"control-{this,that}" a logical extension of "if you want to please
non-technical users, use plain alpha and numeric keys"?

TV>>It's far more important to avoid keys they don't know from mechanic keyboards
TV>>(i.e. it would be optimal to have every function available on keys for letters -
TV>>starting from "return" and "tab", things get worse).
> There are times when simple letters are not enough and you need to
> choose between alternatives such letters combined with {alt,control} and
> function keys.

> Function keys were invented for this purpose.
A d-i module with need for more than 30 keys on one page seems pretty
hypothetical to me. On the contrary, people typing F10 instead of pressing it
seems somewhat common with computer newbies. (Can those install debian though...)

>>Also, shortcuts are almost never translated, and people having ever used
> Sounds like discrimination to me;-). I'm peeved enough that Americans
> don't know that we use A4 paper, colour is spelled colour etc. At least
> American is fairly close to English;-).
Well, translating too much stuff (like a macro languages keywords/function
names, as the company we all know did) is worse. Actually the way German
keyboards are laid out, Ctrl-{"{","[","]","}"} is quite annoying, but besides
this: How much sense did keyboard shortcuts make in the first placa? (Ctrl-V
probably is short for "Very-convenieent-key-for-paste"?)

Cheers

T.

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