Special character composition
Brian T. Schellenberger
bts at babbleon.org
Fri Sep 26 03:45:02 BST 2003
On Thursday 25 September 2003 07:45 pm, David Corbin wrote:
| On Thursday 25 September 2003 16:37, James Richard Tyrer wrote:
| > David Corbin wrote:
| > >>To explain a bit more, what I want is that when I type
| > >> ' + e
| > >>it will appear as e'
| > >>but when I type
| > >> <CTRL> + ' + e
| > >>it will appear as é
| > >>
| > >>For me as a programmer the normal dead keys are a nightmare (too many
| > >>dead keys in most programming language syntax ;-) while the trick with
| > >>switching keyboard layouts is just "too much work" for me.
| > >
| > > Yes!
| > >
| > > Another possible variation, would be to treat the Dead key like a
| > > modifier key. That is, you have to old down the ' when you press the e
| > > key to the é.
| > You don't touch type, do you? :-)
| > But it would work for people that don't.
| But I do touch type. Not "exactly like you're supposed to", but I'm
| probably good for 50 WPM (corrected). Why did you suppose that my
| suggestion meant I don't touch type?
Because since ` and e are both on the same hand, it's hard to type.
And ` and a are impossible to touch-type together since they are on the same
By touch-type of course he would have meant "correctly" touch typing; if you
use more than two fingers but not in the official (or at least an consistent)
way, then held-down keys would work. For those who do, it's essential in
theory that shift-type keys have one on each side.
That said, there is only one CTRL key on keyboards and somehow we manage even
atrocities like ^a. But if there were very many of those, it would sure slow
down the touch-typists. To type things like that I have to essentially move
my left hand "off the keyboard" just as I must do with my right hand when
using the mouse, and it slows down the typing a *lot*.
Brian, the man from Babble-On . . . . bts at babbleon.org (personal)
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