2011-06-13

emacs, unicode, keyboarding, troll

2011-06-11

On Jun 11, 12:25 am, dkco...@panix.com (David Combs) wrote:
│ Just a reminder here:

│ As far as I can tell, a Sun keyboard (type 6, I think, the one with
│ "control" in the CORRECT place, just left of the "a") has no
│ windows key (nor the other one mentioned, a "super" key, was
│ that it?).

now, this post gotta be a troll — one fat piece of meat waiting for me to byte, and how i cannot resist, as tech geekers wont to say.

Hi David Combs, if i recall correctly, you are the one insistently complain, like Alan Mackenzie have done, politely to boot, several times in the past years, that newsgroup posts shouldn't use unicode chars such as “” «» → etc. LOL And as i've mentioned a thousand times, a decade and two ago the same tech geekers insisted that web shouldn't commericialize, that it should remain plain text, that GUI is for idiots, and MIME is a plague. (and these same idiots today toting iPad, Amazon Kindle in their hands, sipping coffee pleasurably at Starbucks, banter on commercial sites such as slashdot, reddit, hacker news, about software ethics, while grabbing movie files from pirate bay, because, after all, information should be free.)

So, what shall i say about the « Sun keyboard (type 6, I think, the one with "control" in the CORRECT place, just left of the "a") has no windows key (nor the other one mentioned, a "super" key, was that it?).»?

if you are a typical conservative tech geeker with coding experience back to the 1980s, then, the CORRECT position for Control key for emacs use today is at the 2 Alt key on standard PC keyboards. In contrast, if you are not the conservative hacker of old school, then the correct position is to tell FSF to wipe out emacs's keyboard shortcut set. Wipe it out. All of it.

References:

〈Sun Microsystem's “Type 6” Keyboard〉
http://xahlee.org/emacs/sun_microsystems_keyboard.html

〈How To Avoid The Emacs Pinky Problem〉
http://xahlee.org/emacs/emacs_pinky.html

〈Why You Should Not Swap Caps Lock With Control〉
http://xahlee.org/emacs/swap_CapsLock_Ctrl.html

〈Why Emacs's Keyboard Shortcuts Are Painful〉
http://xahlee.org/emacs/emacs_kb_shortcuts_pain.html

O, by the way, recently i discovered this from emacs manual of version 23.2, node ((emacs) User Input), quote:

(1) We refer to <Alt> as <Meta> for historical reasons.

O, so FSF refer to Alt as Meta. I didn't know that! I double checked and that line wasn't in emacs manual of 22.0.50. For a moment i thought it reads “Xah refers Alt as Meta, because he's a troll.”.

Xah

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