Date: Thu Jul 03 2008 - 19:36:44 CDT
Quoting "Mark E. Shoulson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Gerrit Sangel wrote:
>> Am Donnerstag 03 Juli 2008 schrieben Sie:
>>> One problem not addressed by just a new character code or just new
>>> uppercase rules is that the German keyboard has '?' in the shift
>>> position for the key that produces the sharp s. Unfortunately, that's
>>> not a rare symbol - way more frequently used than an uppercase sharp s.
>>> As a result, I fear, the inertia and/or resistance will impede a shift
>>> to a keyboard layout that implements the sharp s as a regular shift-pair.
>> The entire ß key does not have any space for the capital ß any
>> more. The only way (which would make sense) would be AltGr+S.
>> But if the keyboard producers manage to put the capital ß on the
>> keyboard, I am really angry.
> Whatever the need is for a capital ß, there is no need for a key for
> it. It exists only for all-caps settings. Seems that the best plan
> would be to make the key that renders ß give the capital form when the
> caps-lock is active. That might be a problem; keyboard drivers might
> not be able to treat caps-lock differently from shift. But that's what
> makes the most sense. And if you're the kind of person who types in
> all-caps without using caps-lock, just holding down shift by hand...
> well, you can learn to make an exception if it's so important to you.
Keyboard drivers can be set to do almost anything. Having both AltGr+S
and caps-lock active S for capital ß is certainly not a problem. The
question is more what will be default setting for a German keyboard,
and what are options that one must specifically select.
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