Function key enhancement

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Nov 9, 2007, 2:52:37 PM11/9/07
to alphagrip
Hi all, just got a grip & am trying it out for the first time.

I think the function lock key can be improved. If you press a fn key
(1-9, 0, or R/H) then the fn lock should disengage when you let the fn
lock button go. One fewer click, if all you want to do is hit one fn

If you want to hit several function keys in succession, then tapping
on the fn lock button can make it behave as it currently does.

Frankly, I think a fn LOCK is useless- do people really type strings
of F8 F2 F11 etc.? In 20 years of using systems with fn keys, I don't
think I ever have. The fn key should act like the shift keys.


Nov 9, 2007, 3:27:19 PM11/9/07
to alphagrip
Typo in my original post:


> If you press a fn key (1-9, 0, or R/H)

> *while holding down the fn lock button*

Nov 10, 2007, 12:07:17 PM11/10/07
to alphagrip
I actually use F11 repeatedly a lot, but I think that your suggestion
is probably a good one.


Nov 16, 2007, 7:49:14 AM11/16/07
to alphagrip
Programmers use Fkeys a lot.
I use F10 repeatedly to step thru code, F5 repeatedly to continue,
others too.
I see your point though, I suppose it would be ok to just hold the
shift down while F10, etc.

Mike Willner

Nov 16, 2007, 9:11:29 AM11/16/07
Maybe it should work as a shift by default, but if you press it
simultaneously with a red shift button it locks (I think someone may have
already suggested this).


Dec 8, 2007, 1:07:28 AM12/8/07
to alphagrip
How about double tap locking? I used that in my remap script, but I
stole the idea from my pocket pc. Press and hold the key, and it works
like a normal shift. Tap it twice and it locks. Tap twice again to
release, or hold the key while the shift is locked to cancel it
Additionally, you can also tap a shift once on my pocket pc to shift
only the next typed character, but I decided not to include this in my
remap script because this is only useful when key combinations are
difficult or impossible to hold, like on a thumb keyboard.
You definitely need some sort of indicator for shift status though, or
else you'll easily get frustrated if the lock is active but you didn't
notice. But there's already a function lock LED on the AG, so that
shouldn't be a problem :-)

Mike Willner

Dec 9, 2007, 10:55:25 PM12/9/07

Sounds good to me.
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