j.mckeown at ru.ac.za
Tue Nov 24 07:50:27 UTC 2009
On Tuesday 24 November 2009 09:15:43 Gary Kline wrote:
> it's time to come clean an admit that i have never taken
> advantage of the option that lets you press [???], then press
> other keys in order so the result is like pressing multiple
> keys at once.
> i have never made a big deal over having but one useful hand
> simply because in my line as a hacker, one hand was enough.
> programming at 95mph was never the goal. everybody on this
> list has learned that forethought and planning beat typing
> speed! ---still, when my shoulder began to dislocate in 1999,
> typing thr number-shift keys [like '*', '&', '^', and the rest
> became harder [*]. i'm ready to set up the multi-key stuff that's
> built in to at least KDE.
> appreciate a pointer to a url or tutorial on this... and/or
> to know what this feature is even called. it's time to get
> practical. i am stubborn, just not particular stupid. maybe
> "slow" :_)
If you're using KDE3.5, look for Regional and Accessibility|accessibility
under the Control Centre.
There are two options, and I think the one you need is called sticky-keys,
which makes the modifier keys (shift, alt, ctrl) ``stay pressed'' until you
press another key. In other words, you can type the old three-fingered salute
by pressing and releasing ctrl, pressing and releasing alt, and then pressing
and releasing del.
There's also an option called ``lock sticky keys''. If you choose this, the
sequence of separate press-releases:
shift a b
results in Ab (the shift only applies to the next key pressed)
whereas the sequence
shift shift a b c shift d
results in ABCd (double-shift locks shift key on until it's pressed again).
(The other options, slow keys and bounce keys, apply if muscle control is
impaired and cause a key to have to be held for a set time before it
registers, and released for a certain time before registering a second
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