New keyboard layouts
pgf at laptop.org
Wed Apr 28 12:21:25 EDT 2010
> I must ask, what's the default behavior of function keys in the new layout?
> Fn changes them to F keys, or are they F keys without Fn pressed?
the labels on the function keys are just alternate meanings, not
alternate scancodes. i.e., the key labeled 'network
neighborhood' on an XO has always generated the F1 scancode.
this will continue to be the case, with no modifiers required.
i believe the only keys the Fn key modifies, currently, are the arrow
keys, which generate pgup/pgdn/home/end when modified by Fn.
(yes, you've been caught by an ambiguity in the keytop labeling.)
> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at bga.com> wrote:
> > > The following are the keyboard layouts and legends for these
> > > new keyboards. Much thanks to Walter Bender for developing
> > > these given a bad set of constraints.
> > > http://wiki.laptop.org/go/OLPC_English_Non-membrane_Keyboard
> > There may be users who wish to plug in an external keyboard. Such
> > external keyboards often have function keys grouped in sets of four.
> > Such grouping places F5 at the beginning of a row of four keys, and
> > places F6 in the middle of a row of four keys.
> > Suppose users might be pressing the key for 'frame' more often than the
> > key for 'search'. Should the 'frame' function be assigned to the F5
> > key, since on external keyboards the F5 key might be easier to locate ?
> > mikus
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