option click, control click, etc
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Thu Jun 25 06:06:06 CDT 2009
Just found this:
which is, frankly, hilarious; there is an image of an ALT key, and written
underneath it is "The Option key"
Just to make matters worse:
"Like the Shift and Control keys, the Option key serves as a modifier
for the Command key shortcuts. The key functions as the Alt key in Unix
and Windows environments."
The French-Canadian ADB keyboard here:
has an OPTION key (mind you I doubt whether there are many potential
customers still using ABD keyboards).
The wireless USB keyboard here:
is schizophrenic in that it has keys which have both OPTION and ALT
written on them.
As usual, no easy answers. Is your target audience North American or other?
Both OPTION and ALT keys are labelled with the sign UNICODE 2325.
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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