Re: HTML forms

Steven Champeon (
Tue, 04 Mar 1997 10:06:27 -0500

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Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 10:06:27 -0500
To: "nemo/Joel N. Weber II" <>,
From: Steven Champeon <>
Subject: Re: HTML forms
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At 08:23 PM 3/3/97 -0500, nemo/Joel N. Weber II wrote:
>And on X, the control key is not likely to be used in anything except
>shell windows.  Also, it's one of the few modifiers that seems to exist
>on almost all X terminals (sun keyboards don't have a key marked 'alt').

My Sun5c keyboard has an alt key - it's just that (as Jamie Zawinski
points out in his comments on the (app defaults) file,
it doesn't send "alt", it sends "meta") - there is also a meta, or 
"diamond" key, which for reasons unbeknownst to me, sends "alt" when
it is pressed. YMMV.

>But the key activates the button, not the label describing the button.
>If you click on the button, something happens.  If you click on its label,
>I don't think anything happens.  So why would keystrokes make more sense
>on the label than the button?

On most systems, notably Windows, a label is not capable of taking the
focus, so expect some confused cries from developers if this association
is made. It's kind of bassackwards from the way things actually work...


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