option click, control click, etc
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Thu Jun 25 05:31:34 CDT 2009
I bought my first Macintosh computer from Montgomery-Ward in
Carbondale, Illinois. I chose a Macintosh as my Mother's family
are McIntosh, and I don't have any relatives called "Windows". :)
All the ADB keyboards I ever owned: whether those bought in the USA,
Saudi Arabia or the UAE had 'Option' keys.
The keyboard that I bought with my G3 iMac in the UAE has 'Alt' keys;
as do all the USB Mac keyboards I have bought subsequently, whether
in the UAE, The British Isles, or elswhere.
So it must have something to do with either the Atlantic ocean or
Ian Wood wrote:
> On 25 Jun 2009, at 09:14, Richmond Mathewson wrote:
>> Just to throw a spanner in the works; I have 4 Macintosh computer
>> keyboards (USB) and not a single one has an 'Option' key; where Apple
>> used to have an 'Option' key there are 'Alt' keys - presumably to be
>> more in sync with the PC world: I suppose their documentation (like
>> somebody else's, cough, cough, cough) is lagging behind somewhat.
>> Therefore it might be better to use 'Alt' rather than 'Option' in any
>> documentation you are writing.
> I thought that was a US/UK thing? My UK layout Mac keyboards all have
> 'alt' on the key, while all the photos on apple.com have 'option' (and
> sometimes a small 'alt' as well).
> For thoroughness, my approach is to always write 'Option/Alt' in any
> modifier combination that uses the option key - due to memories of
> learning Photoshop from a book tutorial many years ago and trying to
> work out what 'option-click to choose a source location' meant...
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