[haiku-development] Re: Keymaps and Command key

  • From: "Dustin Howett" <alaricx@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 18:18:21 -0400

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 6:04 PM, John Scipione <jscipione@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> This debate goes back to the beginning of computing and is equivalent
> to the debates about the one true line ending \r\n, \n, or \r. People
> familiar with Windows or Linux use ctrl as the default meta key and
> find cmd to be strange and people who are familiar with MacOS or BeOS
> are used to cmd being the default meta key and think that people who
> use ctrl are wierdos. When BeOS moved to the Intel platform they had a
> decision to make, either change  the meta key to ctrl or use the
> quasi-equivalent key alt. The Be engineers chose alt and the
> Jean-Louis Gassee  made a stink and made the engineers change it to
> ctrl. The engineers balked and created a map so that the default meta
> key could be changed to ctrl but left the default as alt.
> This is the situation that we enter. There is no good answer to this
> problem. Unfortunately no matter what gets chosen there are those who
> are going to be left out. I think the most appropriate answer is to
> leave the default as alt (or cmd on Macintosh computers) and allow the
> user to change the default to ctrl if they wish. I don't see how we
> can any do better than the Be engineers on this point.
> John Scipione

A little "welcome to haiku" post-installation setup program could
present the option to the end user ;)


- DH

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