Ubuntu shortcut spec? (Was: Urgent call for testing: Firefox 2.0RC3)

Toby Smithe toby.smithe at gmail.com
Fri Nov 3 21:05:42 GMT 2006

On Fri, 2006-11-03 at 16:59 +1300, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
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> On Oct 24, 2006, at 10:09 PM, Arwyn Hainsworth wrote:
> > ...
> > The current shortcut situation seems to be a down right mess. With 
> > half the applications following Gnome, the others doing random things 
> > of their own. As a result some people end up closing windows, going 
> > back pages and getting really frustrated. Ubuntu is definitely not a 
> > consistent desktop shortcut wise.
> The main cause is that the Gnome developers decided both to retain the 
> traditional Ctrl+W/H/A/E/K/U key combos where possible, *and* to use 
> the Control key for Windows-style key combinations. This was 
> monumentally silly, and will continue to be so as long as people keep 
> trying to do both.
> (I'm not defending the Windows-style combinations, though: 
> Ctrl+A/Z/X/C/V in particular are awkward to type because the modifier 
> key is so far away, a problem that doesn't exist with Command+A/Z/X/C/V 
> in Mac OS or Alt+A/Z/X/C/V in GNUstep.)

Err... What do you mean that "the modifier key is so far away"? On my
keyboard (en_GB), the Ctrl key is less than 4 inches away from any of
the keys A, Z, X, C or V.

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