Re: Unicode with keyboards [was Re: Characters used in programming languages]

From: Roozbeh Pournader (
Date: Tue May 08 2001 - 05:44:54 EDT

On Mon, 7 May 2001, From Net Link wrote:

> We need more shift and shift lock keys so that more than ASCII
> can be done from a keyboard. Typing /U#### is also not acceptable.
> My program editor already uses Ctrl-Shift, Alt-Shift and Ctrl-Alt to get
> more key combinations on all the other keys but using two shift keys is awkward for
> anything used frequently.
> We need Unicode keyboards.

This is not related, but about correct entry of Unicodes, this reminds me
of ISO 14755, "Input methods to enter characters from the repertoire of
ISO/IEC 10646 with a keyboard or other input device", which I saw
recently. It specifies that keeping shift-control down and pressing the
hexadecimal code for the character should produce the character (you can
even omit the zero leads). It also specifies that shift-control may behave
like the caps-lock, that pressing and releasing it should shift the
keyboard to a state that a control key (their example is TAB), should
produce the symbol drawn on the keyboard (U+21E5 RIGHTWARD ARROW TO BAR in
the TAB case).


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