kline at thought.org
Sat Dec 26 21:42:38 UTC 2009
On Sat, Dec 26, 2009 at 09:36:14AM +0000, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> Gary Kline wrote:
> > The short answer [Guess] is no, I dont think so. If getting the
> > keys to have an auditory feedback with beeps or shorter clicks were
> > that easy, it would have been done after 15 years. Even Linux
> > lacks this--and I'd bet Minux too.
> Uh, it was done years ago. Look at the xset(1) manual page -- there are
> options there to turn on key-click. They've been there since before the
> millennium as I recall. Most people find key-click intensely annoying (even
> more so if it's on someone else's machine) so it's turned off by default.
Oh, yeah. In the late 80's when I joined my Nth startup and worked
with several fellow hackers in a large room, my Sun was the only
one with the click turned on. It drove my fellow programmers nuts,
but that wasn't much I could do. If there were a speaker jack on
the 3/80 computers, I would have been willing to wear earphones...
> As it's an X windows thing, it should be available on any OS where you can
> run an X server, so any Linux or FreeBSD. Of course, you will need some
> of speaker in the machine to generate the noises, but that can be very
> rudimentary. If your machine can emit a beep, then it can probably do
> key click too.
It beep--my old Dell, just extremely faint. My hearing is still
good--it's amazing I'm not out chasing cars. But I've tried turing
on the key click. Zero. This older computer was high end in 2003
but I don't remember seeing a real speaker, so if it's some IC
that's producing the 'beep', I'm outta luck.
...I'm staring at xset.c; maybe the clues are in there. Nothin in
PS: HA: the click percent is set to the SERVER_DEFAULT. (-1)
well, golly-gee-wilikers... .
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