accessibility misfeatures

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Sat Jan 8 22:12:40 GMT 2005

On Saturday 08 January 2005 19:57, Scott Wheeler wrote:
> On Saturday 08 January 2005 16:02, Gunnar Schmi Dt wrote:
> > Sticky Keys: Usefull if you cannot press two keys simultaneously.
> > Basicly the modifier keys work like lock keys. (Keyboard gesture:
> > press Shift 5 consecutive times)
> This causes some interesting interactions by default with the two
> most popular movie players on *nix, so should probably be
> reconsidered --
> MPlayer and Xine, to prevent the screensaver from being activated,
> send a shift key press every few seconds.  In Xine the default is 10.
>  This of course can be deactivated on the player side, but it's
> rather confusing when you start watching a movie and every 50 seconds
> you have a dialog pop up informing you that the sticky keep settings
> have changed.
> Would it perhaps be possible to use a different key?

Sure. MPlayer and Xine can easily use a different key. ;-)

But IIRC then Shift is the standard key also used on Windows, so this 
gesture is already known to most of the people that need it and thus 
shouldn't be changed because of a hack some movie players use to 
prevent the screensaver from kicking in.

A quick gg: search confirms that IIRC, e.g.

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