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Re: Mapping cmd to alt in X with linux keycodes

On Wed, Oct 10, 2001 at 08:21:45PM -0500, Branden Robinson wrote:
> These are easily taken care of with little option files that you can
> manipulate with XKbOption.  Like "ctrl:nocaps" on the PC keyboard.
> It's not an insuperable problem at all.
> (Though how anyone can expect the "alt" key to default to some key that
> DOESN'T have the word "alt" on it, when there's a key right next to it
> that DOES have the word "alt" on it, is quite beyond me.)

two reasons:

1) its already been that way for years.  

2) touch typists don't look at whats printed on the keys, and the
command key is where alt is supposed to be when coming from just about
any other keyboard on the planet.

> Consider the poor newbies.  ("When we say ALT, we don't mean the key
> that says ALT.  We mean the key next to it.")

I agree, the key labeled alt should be alt by default. However the
fact is Apple's keyboards put alt in the wrong damn place and anyone
who has ever typed on a normal keyboard will be annoyed as hell at
this and thus need a trivial and quick way to fix it.

Ethan Benson

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