New keyboard layouts

Walter Bender walter.bender at
Wed Apr 28 12:28:18 EDT 2010

On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM, Tiago Marques <tiagomnm at> wrote:
> I was just looking at the layout again and just noticed the new arrow keys
> placement. That is a very awkward placement. Is that definitive or can you
> do something like shorten the shift key to accommodate the UP arrow?
> I suppose that would be another hard sell for deployments against netbooks
> with the regular placement of keys.
> Best regads,
> Tiago

We debated this one. A shorter shift key would be difficult to type
on. We opted to emulate the hjkl vi arrangement.


> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 5:15 PM, Tiago Marques <tiagomnm at> wrote:
>> 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?
>> Tiago
>> On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM, Mikus Grinbergs <mikus at> 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.
>>> >
>>> 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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