From: William J Poser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sat Apr 28 2007 - 21:17:22 CST
Doug Ewell wrote:
>But ordinary people don't do it, just "Unicode geeks" like me and others
>who haunt this list.
Is that really true? I'm a Unix person who rarely useds MS Windows or
Mac OS, but as I recall on both there is a keyboard chooser from which
you can select a keyboard for French or Greek or whatever, and both
have maps of these keyboards that you can keep displayed. A quick google
on "French keyboard" obtained instructions for switching to a French
keyboard under MS Windows as the first hit, which makes me think this
can't be all that obscure or rarely used.
On X Windows I've had my keyboard remapped for two decades.
Back in those days there was no Unicode, but I would remap if for
no other reason than to get the Control key back where it was meant
to be and to get rid of the infernal CAPS LOCK key (which I make
into an additional Control key).
>Are those solutions as easy or convenient?
The Optimus approach is surely the easiest and most convenient - I
don't think one can challenge that - but I don't see that some of the
alternatives are all that inferior. My point is not that the Optimus
keyboard is useless - I'd be glad to have one - but that I am skeptical
as to whether the lack of such a keyboard is the sticking point for
wider use of minority languages. It seems to me that displaying a keyboard
map on your monitor or putting a set of covers over your existing
keys is not that big a problem.
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