koitsu at FreeBSD.org
Wed Oct 22 20:31:46 UTC 2008
On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 01:06:20PM -0700, Nate Eldredge wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Oct 2008, Gary Kline wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 01:06:29PM +0200, Dag-Erling Sm?rgrav wrote:
>>> martinko <gamato at users.sf.net> writes:
>>>> I have always thought that Fn key in left most bottom corner of the
>>>> keyboard is, especially for programmers, a very bad idea. :-(
>>> Seconded. Worse still, on my Lenovo T60, if the Fn key is held down
>>> longer than a fraction of a second, it generates an input event which
>>> just happens to correspond to Gnome's default key binding for the "next
>>> track" function in media players...
>> I've seen that Fn key, but don't know what it is for. What? you press
>> it, then follow with the integers [ 1, 2, 3 ... ]? At any rate, maybe
>> you can remap the key with ~/.xmodmaprc.
> Fn is usually used on laptop keyboards to allow two logical keys to share
> a single physical key. For example, see the keyboard pictured at
> http://www.notebookreview.com/assets/3415.jpg . On the extreme lower
> right is a key with "->" in white and "End" in blue. Pressing it by
> itself sends the keycode corresponding to an ordinary keyboard's "->"
> key. Holding Fn and pressing that key sends the keycode corresponding to
> an ordinary keyboard's "End" key. On many keyboards, pressing Fn by
> itself sends no keycode at all, so it cannot be remapped.
> It is also sometimes used to control hardware features which on a desktop
> machine might have a different interface. For instance, on the laptop
> pictured, holding Fn and pressing F6 would increase the screen
> brightness, probably without sending a keycode. A desktop machine would
> probably have a button on the monitor itself to do this.
I always figured "Fn" was a good name for the key, given that it
resembles the expletive that comes forth from my mouth when intending to
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