Slightly F-keyed off

Vaughn Clement vclement at
Sun Dec 15 09:33:13 EST 2013


I was doing the same thing yesterday looking for a key on IOS that would
not cause a problem for the user to add a new roe in a grid. The enter key
was the best option, but that key is not on the IOS device.

Thank you

Vaughn Clement

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On Sun, Dec 15, 2013 at 4:27 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at>wrote:

> Right . . . I'm a bit like Hank Wangford: In search of the lonesome yodel.
> Not really; but I am in search of the lonesome modifier key which is going
> to be 'totally transcendental'
> and rise above the petty materialism (pace maya-tattva) of types of
> computer and types of operating system.
> So, I would be most grateful if a Windows mages could tell me:
> 1. What they think about my using an F-key as a keyboard modifier.
> 2. What F-keys are not otherwise engaged.
> Likewise for Macintosh and Linux.
> For years (well from 1992 to 2004) while I was a Macintosh monomaniac, I
> could not
> understand why one could not access four keyboard layouts with Windows as
> one could
> with Macintosh OS 7 - 9.
> I have been mucking around with rawKeyDowns, and on "modern" systems (just
> love that word 'modern', about as useful as a bucket of quicksand) the ALT
> and SHIFT-ALT combos don't send different keyDowns when letter
> keys are pressed while they are depressed.
> Having 'failed' with the altKey, and subsequently with the ctrlKey,
> eschewing the capsLockKey, and still
> being in search of a second keyboard modifier key that will be truly
> cross-platform I am rapidly
> getting desperate and becoming a cross-patch.
> Richmond.
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