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Re: GOAL: Consistent Keyboard Configuration

On Mon, 26 May 1997, Christian Schwarz wrote:

> On Mon, 26 May 1997, Jim Pick wrote:
> > I agree 100% with what Ian says.  (Let's do it)
> Me too! (I didn't know that such a simple solution is possible :-)
> So what about the other keys? I suggest that all character keys, symbols,
> etc. should produce the character that's printed on the key (this sounds
> reasonable, doesn't it :-)

> Then I have a "special ALT" key on my german kbd, that's label "Alt Gr".
> In DOS/Win95 it behaves like pressing Ctrl-Alt together. It's useful to
> get some "alt-alt keys" (for example, I have "=", "0", and, "}" on one
> key). I think the behaviour should be the same in Debian.

Yep. We need to make sure that the AltGr key on most European keyboards
does something (and even on UK keyboards... it produces a IBM line-drawing
char IIRC). This involves adding a "modifier" to the keymap (at least for
std console).

> Other keys:
>   - "End": Should jump to the end of the line/document, depending on where
> it's used, for example, jumps to end of line in "readline", but end of
> document in "less". Ok?

>   - "Home": Opposite of "End".


> What about the second "cursor block" at the right? It would be nice if one
> could switch between the function keys (left, right, etc.) and the digits
> (0, 1, etc.) with the "Num Lock" key. Is this possible? (The current
> behaviour is to produce digits all the time, no matter if "Num Lock" is
> set.)

This works at the console (with uk.map).

> Then I have a "Print" key, "Scroll-Lock", and "Pause". All three keys
> don't have an effect in my X configuration--on the console "Scroll-Lock"
> starts/stops terminal output, just like "C-S and C-Q". Is there any useful
> meaning for "Print" and "Pause" in Linux?

Ctrl+Pause (=Break) should do one of those kernel dumps IMHO. Or produce
SIGINT, whatever...

> Does someone have any other special keys on his keyboard that we should
> define? (We'll just do it if the keyboard layout is widely used.)

Ctrl+PrintScreen (=SysRq) should do a kernel info thing.

What about W95 keys (3 of them)? Define as F20 or something?

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