Hi Ajay, and anyone else reading this thread,
Ajay Askoolum wrote:I strongly believe in 'standard - read industry-wide' key bindings. I expect CTRL+C or CTRL + V or CTRL + Z or CTRL +Y to work as expected (unlike other APLs!).
Customised key bindings deny my accrued experience: i.e. if I sit at someone else's PC, I expect the key combinations to work as I am accustomed to with APL+Win & other applications.
I'd be interested to know how many other users reading this thread share your perspective. I've always assumed most users would prefer a combination of "standard" key bindings together with the ability
to modify some key bindings to suit their own preferences (even if they don't often, or ever actually do it).
I'm especially keen upon the ability to remap key bindings because I don't like to have others force their preferences on me or me to impose my preferences on others (even though I have admittedly done it many times).
One of the problems with "standards" is knowing what which one to follow. Here's one example that comes to mind immediately. ALT+F4 is a pretty standard way to close an Windows application. And yet Microsoft doesn't have a consistent way of doing it for two of their premier applications. ALT+F4 in Word closes the current document while ALT+F4 in Excel closes all instances of Excel. Which way is correct? Which is the "standard". I'd hate to be unable to override this. And if we follow this to its logical conclusion, which standard should we choose for APL? Should we make ALT+F4 close all instances of APL or just the current instance upon which it is invoked?
Another is F3 to search the next item matching the most recent search. That's pretty standard in many Windows apps. But Word has a very different idea about this. I'm a huge fan of F3 for the find-next feature. But I'm sure somebody would prefer to be able
to use F3 for something else. I can guess what most people might prefer. But I hate the idea of shoving it down their throat (as we do now in APL+Win).