Return vs. Enter

Neal McBurnett neal at
Tue Nov 25 16:05:46 UTC 2008

On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 08:00:52AM -0800, Dylan McCall wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-11-19 at 00:05 +0000, Dougie Richardson wrote:
> > On Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:33:57 -0400
> > Joel Goguen <jtgoguen at> wrote:
> > 
> > > In the documentation, users are directed to push the "Enter" or the
> > > "Return" key almost interchangeably.  Which is correct for the
> > > documentation, or does it really matter?
> We /could/ do what a lot of games do, by having the symbol for Return
> beside the text label. For example, while Enter and Return change back
> and forth, the symbol for that key always stays the same. What's more?
> We have it in the Common script for fonts! Open up the Character Map,
> hit Ctrl + F (open Search -> Find), type Return and go!
> Here it is: ?
> If that didn't work... it's U+23CE

I'm glad to see the change to Enter now committed.  But I did want to
note that the symbol does not stay the same.  E.g. on my wife's
year-old Macbook, there is no symbol on the key.  The label on it says
"Return" in large print, and above that it says "Enter" in smaller

Neal McBurnett       
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