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Re: Ewww! Qwerty!

Since people are talking about keyboards I might as well vent this.
It might sound silly to you, but I sometimes wish I had a keyboard
with more symbols (and a character set in my system to match).  I don't
know how many new keys this would require, but just one extra row would
even be nice, possibly with shift symbols like the number keys have.
To start with, I would want single keys and characters for greater-than/
equal to, less-than/equal to, and some logic symbols -- and, or, not,
xor.  Also union and intersection.  In addition, I would want to add
the greek alphabet to the set of symbols that the programming language
allows in identifiers.  This would make me very happy.  When will we 
find escape from the world of trigraphs and suchlike barbarisms?

On Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 07:43:20PM +0200, Marcus Brinkmann wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 28, 1999 at 01:53:28AM -0400, Kirstin S. Reese wrote:
> > The install went fine, but, I don't see a loadkeys anywhere. How does one
> > escape evil qwerty land? Could we put a Dvorak option on the grub & hurd
> > for people who don't have a convenient qwerty layout printout?
> There is no standard user mechanism to change the keymap.
> There is a GNU Mach call to change the keymap, and there are some example
> programs in the mailing list archive and in my archive of the GNU hurd
> related lists.
> I am happy to send the information to a developer who is willing to write a
> fancy user program similar to loadkeys or port loadkeys to the Hurd. It
> would be best to take a look at the linux console-* packages and to use
> their data files. If nobody volunteers, the information will end on the web
> page someday, but I have not yet extracted it from the lists (that's why I
> would only send it now if someone really wants to write, otherwise I will
> postpone this).
> Any volunteers? To the Hurd developers: Should this become an external
> program or part of the Hurd utils?
> Thanks,
> Marcus
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