Re: Orca on laptops.

Benjamin Hawkes-Lewis wrote:
On 11/8/06, Bill Haneman <Bill Haneman sun com> wrote:
Luke Yelavich wrote:
In Windows, Jaws manages to prevent the capslock key from being latched
or unlatched. To latch/unlatch, you press shift + Capslock, or press
capslock twice quickly.

I see.  I expect that would be a hazardous and/or fragile thing to
attempt on X, especially if, as I believe, the latching behavior is a
hardware feature on some (most?) keyboards.  On Windows you could
circumvent this by meddling with the keyboard drivers, but I think we
want to avoid getting that intrusive.  So we should probably consider
CapsLock to be an always-latching key, IMO.

I thought the Gnome Keyboard preferences already allowed one to make
CapsLock a simple modifier key for entering special characters? When
this is done, is it still latching?
I don't see that option in the preferences dialog - you can indeed alter the way CapsLock works, and whether the Shift key cancels CapsLock or not, but it seems to be a latching key in all cases, as far as I can tell.


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