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- To: (BUG LISPM) at MIT-AI
- Subject: Re: KEYBOARD
- From: JLK@MIT-AI
- Date: Tue ,28 Feb 79 23:22:23 EDT
CC: GLS at MIT-AI, GJS at MIT-AI, CARL at MIT-AI, HENRY at MIT-AI
Since the current consensus is to have lowercase parens, would anyone consider
it a gross screw to use the typewriter standard for the symbols above 1 thru 0
(This means @ above 2, ^ above 6, & above 7, * above 8, ( above 9 and ) above 0).
The rationale for this is that (a) lowercase parens make the placement of
shifted parens less important; and (b) almost all commercially available terminals
are going over to this standard (including DEC, HP, Tektronix, IBM, CONCEPT-100,
etc, etc.) so that those of us that have occassion to use such terminals are
screwed somewhat less. I realize that this would probably be a screw for users
of the current AI keyboards, but perhaps enough $'s are available to replace
them with the new ones??
Some benefits, in addition to lowercase parens, of this layout are
lowercase quote and backquote. Given up are lowercase @ and ^, and
+ and * are slightly less convenient to type.
This keyboard layout is going to be finalized very shortly. The latest
layout will be posted in the LISPM room.