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Re: Keyboard shortcuts

From: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 00:57:02 -0500 (EST)
To: Irene Vatton <irene.vatton@inrialpes.fr>
cc: Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org>, <www-amaya-dev@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.30.0301210045380.31485-100000@tux.w3.org>

On Mon, 20 Jan 2003, Irene Vatton wrote:

>On Sat, 18 Jan 2003 17:25:17 -0500 (EST)
>Charles McCathieNevile <charles@sidar.org> wrote:
>> In using the spanish and french versions I have realised and been told
>> by other users that there are problems and potential problems with some
>> shortcuts, because the keyboard mappings are different. For example on
>> a french AZERTY keyboard the "-" and "6" are on the same key, so using
>> them for zoom and h6 can create a conflict.
>> I was wondering if anyone has a quick solution for modifying this, so
>> that it is possible to launch a different shortcuts file according to
>> the keyboard mapping - this should be dynamically variable and take its
>> default from the X11 keyboard map or whatever the windows equivalent
>> is, but even having a configuration option would be a good start.
>Amaya lets you customize your keyboard mapping.
>You just have to define a file amaya.keyboard (Unix) or amaya.kb (Windows)
>in your AmayaHome directory.

Right, but the problem is that I don't know of any mechanism for selecting
between keyboard profiles if you use more than one of them. Having a
distribution with several optional keyboard files would help, but there are
people using azerty keyboards, qwerty keyboards, and belgian keyboards, all
of whom can be expected to use the french version, so they still need to pick
a keyboard file.

I will start to look at the code, but would appreciate any pointers...

>If people provide other examples of these configuration files, we will include
>them in our distribution.

I will work with the folks at SIDAR on shortcuts files for spanish keyboards
as a first step.

>> I presume that doing this would be a good opportunity to look at
>> different mappings for different profiles. In particular the idea of
>> having keys available in browser mode and different keys in editor mode
>> (similar to the way that vi works) has been discussed in the past. If
>> it is easy to change keymapping profiles this seems like a good
>> possibility.
>Personally I don't appreciate that behavior in vi. It's often source of errors.

Fair enough, but there are a lot of people who do appreaciate the behaviour
in vi and might appreciate it in Amaya too. If it is easy anyway then it
would be interesting to try. (If it is way too complex then it might still be
just an interesting idea for the future, of course...)


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