[xmonad] My ALTernative revelation

Andrew Sackville-West andrew at swclan.homelinux.org
Tue Jun 9 02:12:18 EDT 2009

On Mon, Jun 08, 2009 at 04:10:58PM -0400, Brent Yorgey wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 07, 2009 at 07:31:07PM -0700, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> > On Sun, Jun 07, 2009 at 03:20:19PM -0400, Brent Yorgey wrote:
> > > My laptop has no windows key,
> > >  So I mapped left alt to Mod3 and use that as my mod key,
> > > and the right alt key went on happily being good old alt.  Now I can
> > > once again use all those alt shortcuts.
> > my clicky old ibm model m has no windows key, so I mapped the
> > caps-lock as mod leaving me with no collisions with the alt key. Plus
> > I have no caps-lock key anymore avoiding the tYPICAL pROBLEM tHERE.
> > 
> This is a good idea, and I actually tried this a while ago, but there
> were some key combinations with caps-lock that my keyboard generated
> no events for.  This is when I learned that in order to save
> space/materials/money, keyboards are constructed in such a way that
> there are quite a few key combinations between which the hardware
> can't tell the difference, since there is not a dedicated wire for
> each key. 

I never cease to be amazed at these things. Who would have thought? 
I haven't found any such combinations yet, and hopefully I won't. I
suspect not. back in '88 they probably wouldn't have thought to do
that to a keyboard... I hope.

> Anyway, I at least have caps-lock unmapped.  =)


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