From: Philippe Verdy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Oct 31 2006 - 05:19:41 CST
From: "Andrew West" <email@example.com>
> Too late for that. "Exit" as a menu item is universally shortcut with
> alt-x, and some applications have "Exit" as a top level menu (and for
> Word you can add "Exit" as a top-level menu if you want). I'm pretty
> sure that "Exit" was in common use many years before alt-x Unicode
> conversion came into being.
Not so universally; In French Windows, you can also find Alt+Q (Quitter) ('exit' is not a French term,even if it's commonly understood). But remember that this only works as a menu item shortcut, not as a menubar item shortcut, so when the keyboard input focus is on the document, Alt+X or Alt+Q does not map to a menubar and is usable as a custom shortcut. I'm sure that this hex Unicode conversion shortcut can be customized in Word (and it should be already changed in Word for localisations where X is already taken by a menubar item, like it is for Alt+F for the universal "File" menu in English or "Fichier" menu in French, or Alt+A for some other romance languages using "Archivo".)
Anyway, it would have been better to use Ctrl+U for this conversion shortcut in Office (but in English Word, this is a shortcut for applying/removing the underlining style on the selected text).
This is not a standard input feature of Windows, but an application-specific mapping to a function; All such application mappings should be localizable; normally, sequences like Alt+letter/digit or Ctrl+letter/digit are left free in all keyboard drivers. (remember that Ctrl+Alt+letter/digit should behave the same as AltGr+letter/digit in almost all keyboard drivers, except a few ones like the default US English keymap, which does not have the Alt vs. AltGr distinction but offers two equivalent Alt keys).
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