Terry Harris wrote:

> On Thu, 14 Feb 2002 12:55:49 +1100, Geoff Harland wrote:
>
> >If such keys were used with Protel though, ... , which keys would then be
> >used to select the Next and Previous layers?
>
> >I'm not adverse to hearing your thoughts on this matter.
>
> Well getting historical now (and hysterical) I still curse IBM for screwing
> up the PC world with their 102 key keyboard layout. I hung on to my 84 key
> keyboard till it fell apart.
>
> DOS Protel was driven by the mouse and mostly (completely - can't remember)
> with ctrl/alt/shift function keys. It wasn't very intuitive but soon became
> second nature.
>
> With function keys in two columns on the left your thumb worked
> Ctrl/Alt/Shift and your fingers hit the F keys. Your left hand hardly had
> to move making 'touch typing' the F keys easier and your right hand never
> had to leave the mouse.
>
> Now (where function keys are concerned anyway thanks to IBM) we have to
> choose between performing digital gymnastics like hitting Ctrl-F6 with one
> hand or constantly having the other hand darting between keyboard and
> mouse.
>
> Try really  watching what you or others do with your hands while you work
> for some clues about key choices. I guess in Protel most people's non-mouse
> hand hovers around the middle of the keyboard so having frequently used
> keys on the numeric keypad (as far from home as you can get) probably isn't
> very good.

Yes, the old Protel/Accel DOS Tango was VERY quick once you learned the
keys, and you could pretty much just keep your left hand over the left-side
function keys.  I'm sorry to see that go.  I think there are function keypads
that can be hung on modern keyboards and do the same function.

Jon

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