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War Declared on Caps Lock Key

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the makes-perfect-sense-to-me dept.


pieterh writes "I've launched a campaign to rid the world of the caps lock key. Sure, there are more serious problems to solve but please, think of the children! How am I going to explain to my kids why some of the most valuable keyboard real estate is squatted by a large, useless key that above all you must not press! Our campaign mission is simple: to send a message to the computer industry to force it (by any means necessary) to retire the CAPS key. It's going to be a hard, long, and possibly very embarassing war on uppercase, but some things just need to be done. "

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Helpful image to pass along (3, Funny)

crazyjeremy (857410) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918314)

This instructional image has helped some people through the years...
http://users.mtrx.net/image.php?user=funnypics&ima geurl=2005%2F2005-08-23-0002%2FCAPSLOCK.GIF&showfo lder=0 [mtrx.net]
Maybe you should post it in forums for the tards instead of declaring war on Uppercase.

Useful for Vi users (5, Informative)

suso (153703) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918379)

Put this in your .Xmodmap

remove Lock = Caps_Lock
keycode 66 = Escape

I find that the Capslock key makes a nice Escape key so I don't have to reach up high for it.

Re:Helpful image to pass along (5, Funny)

flosofl (626809) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918395)

bUT hOW wILL pEOPLE KNOW wHEN I aM BEING sUPER CEREAL? cEREALOUSLY! (fucking lameness filter)

WARNING! Goatse Image Do NOT open! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918456)

Do not open that link it is a disgusting photo of a man stretching his anus!

Re:Helpful image to pass along (3, Informative)

rockytriton (896444) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918494)

Some of us still use programming languages that require us to use all caps, it would be a pain to hold down the shift key constantly.

gOOD lUCK (5, Funny)

h890231398021 (948231) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918315)


Re:gOOD lUCK (0)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918384)


Re:gOOD lUCK (5, Insightful)

rwven (663186) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918441)

LOL, while it is annoying when people type in all caps and things like that, I use the caps lock key for legitimate reasons all the time. I'm in a data-mining job working on a UniData database and all UniQuery must be written in all caps. This would be a supreme pain to do sans a Caps-Lock key. This is just one of MANY things that falls under that umbrella. I also use the caps lock key as my "walk" key while playing CS. :-D

Frankly...I find the idea of getting rid of the caps lock key...slightly appalling. :)

Next on Slashdot (5, Funny)

zubernerd (518077) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918319)

Must be a slow news day, again!
Stories to be seen soon on Slashdot:
"Jihad declared on SysRq key" and "Crusade declared on 'Scroll Lock' Key"

Yes, read my CAPSoff blog entry (1)

pieterh (196118) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918370)

Clearly we need to clean up a lot of keyboard junk. CAPS LOCK is just the start. Who knows where we'll finish?

The CAPSoff blog. [blogspot.com]

Re:Yes, read my CAPSoff blog entry (5, Funny)

JustOK (667959) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918415)

Hopefully, with only one button left. It should be big and blue and convey a sense of well being and security, and provide the user with a sense of accomplisment and success when pushed.

Re:Yes, read my CAPSoff blog entry (5, Funny)

Flibz (716178) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918478)

W shld gt rd f thm psky vwls fr strtrs!

Re:Next on Slashdot (2, Funny)

mrchaotica (681592) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918460)

Hey, come on now -- SysRq is cool!

First post? (1)

Theovon (109752) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918320)

I can't believe it.

Anyhow, I think he's right. I haven't used the CAPS key since I programmed in FORTRAN. It's called Fortran now and accepts lower case like everything else. In fact, I didn't even use the caps key to type FORTRAN. I just held down the shift key with my little finger. So, what use is this CAPS key?

I actually use CAPS LOCK. (2, Informative)

Valdrax (32670) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918417)

So, what use is this CAPS key?

I actually use CAPS LOCK regularly when writing macros in C. It's much easier on the finger to not have to chord full words with the shift key pressed. Try it sometime. Once you get in the habit of using it on long stretches of capitalized letters (like CAPS LOCK), you'll never go back.

My biggest gripe is that I have to press shift to use the underscore key.

Worse Yet... (1)

meatbridge (443871) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918322)

are the sleep keys they've been adding to key boards lately. drop your head phones on that sucker and you can really F up your day.

Best Real Estate? (1, Insightful)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918325)

The bottom left corner of my keyboard is harly prime real estate. Oh, you didn't leave the default PS2 keyboard mapping for Caps Lock did you? That's my Ctrl button like the good Lord intended.

Re:Best Real Estate? (3, Insightful)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918431)

That's absolutely right. If God hadn't meant for the Control key to be next to the "A" key, he wouldn't have put it there on the ADM3A.


eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918328)


On second thought, that's far too annoying.

If the proposed abolishment of caps lock keys is successful, I grow concerned about what myself and my predecessors will celebrate on INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY [derekarnold.net] which happens to be October 22. And don't tell me it's not a real holiday because that is one convincing website. It has a news flash with a picture of a potato, uses the word "bitches" and has a countdown for the days remaining to INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. And look at this other reputable site, Out House Rag [typepad.com] that also backs INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. That's more than Adults Day in Japan [wikipedia.org] has to say! Please, if I have to put up with one more Nevada Day [wikipedia.org] (October 31) the least you can do is let me have my INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY. Please don't remove your caps lock key [goodexperience.com] because they're not evil [photobucket.com] !

You know, there's this horrible site [c2.com] that actually encourages you to remap your caps lock to a more suitable function ... but of course that would just be sacrilegious [wap.org] and a very dangerous process [wap.org] (don't try it at home!).

solution (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918330)

just remove it from the keyboard

i have

here here! (1)

nugx (994844) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918332)

Dug! I mean, Shouted! Err, I agree!

Please think of the COBOL programmers. (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918333)

Bloody lameness filter runied the original version of this post. "Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING." That's the WHOLE FUCKING IDEA!

Re:Please think of the COBOL programmers. (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918486)

Exactly. Caps lock is important to management to ensure that their staff really grasp the importance of the coffee-maker procedural email. Otherwise, no one would pay attention to the fact that you need to use 2 (that's right, 2!) bags of coffee for every pot.

Oh, and of course, to make sure that staff get their TPS reports in by the end of the day.

There are important uses... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918338)

But just think how hard it would be to type 'FRIST POST!!!111!! WOO HOO IM LEET' without the cap lock key! Some poor newbie might only end up as second, or even third post without this important aid. Think of the newbies!

this is a stupid idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918340)

i hate typing lower case letters

hurrah! (2, Funny)

tolan-b (230077) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918342)

Personally I often remove the caps-lock key so as to not accidentally turn it on.

Couldn't agree more! (4, Funny)

Pope (17780) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918345)

What a toally useless key to have in such a prominent keying position. The old school 'boards had it right: big-ass Control key next to the A, tiny Caps Lock in the bottom left corner. It made even more sense when Windows starting adopting the Mac's Command-letter keyboard shortcut as Control-letter, like Cut/Copy/Paste.


Re:Couldn't agree more! (1)

BrianRoach (614397) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918482)

My Sun Type 6 USB keyboards are still that way :)

(Really screws you up if you're using a "PC" keyboard on a different machine ... you hit the CAPS LOCK key instead of ctrl).

- Roach

not enough (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918347)

taking down the caps lock key isn't enough, we must go for the head of the dragon - the windows key.

Slashdot and CapsLock (4, Funny)

jonv (2423) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918349)

Slashdot seems to have a solution. Tried to post a funny message in all Caps and Slashdot responded:
Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

It has its uses. (1)

celardore (844933) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918352)

I work in finance, and on occasion I have to manually type out invoices. It is important to maintain consistancy, so all the invoices are typed in block caps. If I didn't have caps lock, that particular task would be so frustrating...

Although I agree caps lock should be banned for anyone under 18, they seem to love it - and ALL CAPS DOES GET ANNOYING TO READ.

Re:It has its uses. (1)

anshil (302405) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918490)

For those in with a desperate need of caps can have a software solution for their OS that makes double-hit-shift to a capslock...

Really the capslock key is just from the mechanical typewrites where a double-hit-shift would not have been possible.

Data entry issues (5, Informative)

sirstar (789206) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918355)

What about the Data entry people that have to type things in all caps? Holding down the shift button to type in a whole line will be more of a pain then someone learning how to turn their caps lock off.....

Re:Data entry issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918473)

Someone, please, mod parent +5 Informative.

What's next? (1)

Astrorunner (316100) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918356)

Re-arrange the letters on the keyboard in a logical and efficient manner?

That's crazy talk, man.

Sure there's dvorak, but look how long we've been stuck with qwerty. And how long did it take for the Esc key to finally find a home?

Why? (1)

grommit (97148) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918357)

There's plenty of keyboards that you can buy that don't have a caps lock key on them. What's the point of this stupid crusade other than to annoy those of us that do use caps lock on occasion?


Korgan (101803) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918358)


Ooops. Sorry, caps. :-P

Seriously though, I know lots of people who's business requires them to enter data into their company's systems using caps. I don't know about you, but my little pinky would get extremely disfigured having to swap to and hold the shift button all the time. You'd slow typists down immeasurably.


hcdejong (561314) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918497)

IDK, but maybe the correct solution to that would be to clue-by-four the stupid idiot who thought it'd be a good idea to require data to be entered in caps only. Computers not being able to handle mixed case is sooo 1950s, you know.

Get rid of the CAPSLOCK key? (0, Redundant)

palad1 (571416) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918361)

You'll pry my rail/shaft combo CAPSLOCK key from my cold, dead hands...

Lost developer productivity? Health issues? (1)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918364)

So when I want to code constants in my scripts, my pinkies will have to dance all about? What about repetitive stress (my left pinkie used to go numb)? What about the extra time? Who cares about the children. Think about the people who's job it is to type words in upper case all day long.

Const STATUS As String = "UNHAPPY"

no (1)

AviLazar (741826) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918367)

Because caps lock has uses. Let us say you need to type in all capital letters (acronym). Now you have to put a period between each letter. That is annoying. Let us say you want to capitalize a sentence, now you have to hold the shift key down. That is annoying. While I agree there are annoying people WHO ONLY LIKE TO TYPE IN CAPS and these people should be lobotomized, I enjoy my caps lock.

Also, if this is the best thing you can figure out to challenge in life then you need to get a life.

I still use mine. (1)

duke_cheetah2003 (862933) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918369)

I still use my CAPS LOCK, just not very often.

While you are at it. (3, Interesting)

ErroneousBee (611028) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918371)

Sort the rest of the keyboard out.

Insert and Caps lock need to be moved out of the way, so that you can use them, but you dont accidentally change a mode while going for another key. The Windows button can be moved too. I keep hitting it when using windows and defocusing the window Im working in. They have no effect in KDE so its not a bother there.

Backspace and delete need to be side by side.

Minus and plus need to be given the same level, as shifting to get a plus is not logical compared to minus.

Hope you'll win (1)

Professeur Shadoko (230027) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918372)

I'm being tired of these fights with my girlfriend (yeah, I know, /.) who insists on using this damned key and DARES using it on MY computer and leaving caps lock ON when she has finished using it.

(No key under the 'tab' key has been used for this post)

Real Programmers... (1)

Mister Transistor (259842) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918374)

Have found the tweak utility to remap it to what it should be and always has been before "PC"'s: The CTRL Key. That, and turning off those damn Windows keys!

Re:Real Programmers... (1)

mschaef (31494) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918470)

"That, and turning off those damn Windows keys!"

On Windows, the damn windows keys actually have a couple good useses: Windows+L either locks the machine or lets you switch users, depending on how your machine is configured. Windows+M minimizes all the windows, leaving a clean desktop.

Even (Especially?) on Unix, getting rid of a shift key and all the implied shortcut keys seems a little rash...

me too (1)

polar red (215081) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918375)

I've removed the caps-lock key for a long time allready. I've even wondered what use capitals are ... they serve no purpose. You say they can emphasize words ? I tend to disagree, most of the time emotions are transferred via text, they are misunderstood.

Ctrl key (1)

bazoobazoo (645805) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918376)

I prefer having the Ctrl button and caps lock key switched, like on the Sun keyboards. Some people do need to type in all caps (think: cobol programmers, architects).

meh. (1)

smash (1351) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918380)

Caps is useful for entering DEFINES.

I certainly use it a lot more than scroll lock or the windows menu key.

Get rid of it for what? I may use it 5 minutes a year, but if it's not there, it's going to be missed...

And Num-Lock too! (4, Insightful)

Adhemar (679794) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918381)

While we're at it, can we get rid of NUM LOCK too? At least on normal 100+ key keyboards.

It should be on, not only by default, but all the time. We have arrow keys, Page up and down, Home and End, Insert and Delete between the letters and the right-side number pad. There's no need to duplicate those keys just beside it.

Only negative point: it was up to now a cool hack to make flash the LEDs indicating CAPS and NUM LOCK, like the Knight Rider car, or make it send messages in Morse.

Re:And Num-Lock too! (1)

The Cisco Kid (31490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918483)

No, remove Numlock, and eliminate the concept. We have an entire full set of numbers right where they've always been, at the top of the keyboard, as well as the various mathematical signs in their normal locations. Theres no need to duplicate those keys elsewhere.

This group has 0 topics. (1)

pugdk (697845) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918383)

I think the above statement presented when you go to the google group in question about sums it up.

Who gives a damn?

mod (1)

rodentia (102779) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918385)

+1 Righteous.

Erm... (1)

Klaidas (981300) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918386)

Well, umm...
That's unusual...
But what if we need CAPS LOCK for some reason? (Even tho I don't think I ever really used it for something)
And, well, removing CAPS LOCK because some 11 years olds use it all the time in IRC is not going to solve it - they can always put they finger on Shift, or maybe stick the bottom side of Shith to the keyboard so it would be pressed all the time...

Actually (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918387)

Barring the fact that there are causes out there we should pressure the big computer companies to change well before we focus on the CAPS lock, I actually use the thing enough I'd like to see it stay- but moving it to a more remote corner wouldn't bother me.

Of course, it does come in handy when playing Counter-Strike...

Suggestion... (1)

DarkNemesis618 (908703) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918390)

In my opinion, you might as well keep it until a better key is found to be placed there to replace it. In turn, maybe add a feature that turns off the Caps Lock key. So when the feature is enabled, hitting the Caps Lock key does nothing.

maybe just a new placement? (4, Insightful)

rayde (738949) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918393)

i propose that keyboards should place caps lock up in no-man's land with Print Screen, Scroll Lock, and Pause/Break, rather than doing away with it completely. For the few times you actually would WANT to activate caps lock, it shouldn't be a problem for people to reach up there. And those who need caps lock a lot for their old programming language or somthing can use a legacy keyboard.

noble, but... (1)

tehwebguy (860335) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918396)

...what about writing queries?

SELECT * FROM `table` WHERE ...

Re:noble, but... (1)

The Cisco Kid (31490) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918453)

SELECT * FROM 'table' WHERE ...

Amazingly, I was able to type this ENTIRE post (ALL of it. I mean, REALLY), without once using the typewriter-age 'SHIFT LOCK' key. And for the record, in the place where that key probably is on 99.9% of the keyboards of the people reading this, on my keyboard, is the special 'Control' key, which is where God, and Jobs and Wozniak Intended it to be. (The silly capslock key, since I havent found an otherwise suitable keyboard without one, happens to be to the left of the spacebar, similar to where other useless keys such as those known as the 'Windows' keys are on many keyboards made today)

Interesting Idea, but .... (1)

Alien54 (180860) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918397)

Although I expected something a little bit more substantial in a web presence.

Maybe even a geocities webpage, for cryin out loud.

A small screw driver solves the problem (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918398)

Just pry it loose. (Remember to keep the pried open key in your desk along with the mug holding paper clips and pencils so that when the corporate bean counters come doing their inventory check you could show it to them.)

Is it just me... (1)

bananaguyc (993856) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918399)

...or does this particular SlashDot article seem a bit trollish in nature?

Wife (1)

d3matt (864260) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918401)

My wife uses capslock you insensitive clod!!!

No seriously, when she types, she turns on capslock for each upper case letter then turns it back off again... She formed the habbit before anyone informed her of what a shift key was. Now she can't use a shift key. I don't have the heart to introduce her to a SUN keyboard...

Useless? Not at all! (3, Interesting)

Lars Clausen (1208) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918402)

My Caps Lock key is gainfully in use to change the keyboard layout between English and Danish. It's wonderful as it lights up an LED, so I can easily see the state I'm in, and it's very handily placed. Please don't take my Caps^H^H^H^HLayout Lock key away!

Re:Useless? Not at all! (1)

mschaef (31494) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918491)

"My Caps Lock key is gainfully in use to change the keyboard layout between English and Danish."

That's splendid! How does it work? Is it a standard OS feature or some kind of add on?

I NEED IT! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918403)


Caps Lock is useful! (1)

NekoXP (67564) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918404)

Of course like Num Lock and Scroll Lock, practically useless these days (as is Sys Rq..). But I have a couple of games that use it (show/hide ship stats or so in strategy games). And they provide no GUI notification that a feature is "enabled". Why not? Because you have lights on your keyboard!

And remember the awesomeness of the Amiga keyboard which had it's caps lock light embedded in the key, so you knew exactly when it was on or not just by looking at the key (and not the opposite side of the keyboard).

Maybe they shouldn't remove it, but leave the lights and toggle switches, just rename the keys? Or put them in the USB hotkeys group with lights around so you can press them and make 'em glow.

I'd miss the key even if I never use it to type caps :)

Re:Caps Lock is useful! (1)

d3matt (864260) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918464)

SUN keyboards had the light embedded in the keys as well (they just put capslock where control goes and the only control key is where capslock goes).

But, but, but... (1)

earthloop (449575) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918405)


and i've had to type all this to avoid the stupid lame filter. Hmpff!

This can be fixed in about five minutes (3, Informative)

mschaef (31494) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918409)

On Windows, Caps Lock and Control can be swepped. A similar technique can be used to make caps lock a redundant control key:

http://www.manicai.net/comp/swap-caps-ctrl.html [manicai.net]

There are also ways to do this on Unix, but I don't remember what they are.

I need it (5, Funny)

mombodog (920359) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918410)

What? Get rid of it? How will I make posts on EBay and Craigslist? ;-)

A Neccessary Evil (1)

ewisnor (870167) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918413)

Even though I agree that messages typed in caps are quite annoying, I've found a lot of instututions have made it neccessary to have caps lock on while performing certain tasks.
As an example, bar code scanning. The codes are usually case-sensitive and scanning one in the opposite case may not yield any results in the inventory unless caps-lock is on. Also, some people might just do general record keeping and whatnot in caps. I've also found that some people get seriously irritated when I turn their caps-lock off because their network password is in caps and they're used to typing it with the lock on.

I guess it's just become a thing-to-do in the realm of office work, and a faux paux in the realm of online communication.

But what about... (1)

greysky (136732) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918419)

...The windows and menu keys?!?! I HATE those things! I popped them out of keyboards at home, but I can't do that at work.

Is your capslock key on Sir? (1)

sixdaywar (995478) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918425)

Won't somebody please think of the Users!

Just remap the key... (1)

creimer (824291) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918426)

From a Caps Lock to a Shift Lock.


Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918427)


Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING. Lameness filter encountered. Post aborted! Reason: Don't use so many caps. It's like YELLING.

... It does come in handy sometimes (1)

illeism (953119) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918428)

What about my users who use a terminal emulation program that requires everything to be typed in caps? I shudder at the thought of users and their disjointed crooked pinkies because they had to hold the shift key constantly.... THINK OF THE PINKIES MAN...

Forget Caps Lock (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918429)

The real villain is the windows key. Does anyone EVER use this key? How often have you been typing and accidentally hit the windows key? You can't even use backspace, you need to stop, use the mouse, and then get out of whatever menu has just opened.

Oh, and the any key...when are they going to finally install that one?

Remap it (1)

fmaresca (739871) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918434)

to Escape, as I do some years ago, and you will see that is very comfortable.

put control there instead (4, Informative)

jjeffries (17675) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918435)

The old-timers in the crowd probably already know about this one:

Replacing CapsLock with Left-Control on X
Create the file ~/.Xmodmap with these contents:

            remove mod4 = Meta_L
            remove mod1 = Alt_L
            remove lock = Caps_Lock
            keysym Meta_L = Alt_L
            keysym Alt_L = Meta_L
            add mod4 = Meta_L
            add mod1 = Alt_L
            add control = Caps_Lock

If you are running something like XFree86, add

            xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap

to your ~/.xinitrc file or ~/.xsession file. If neither of those exist, you can always do it from the command line.

text stolen from http://bmrc.berkeley.edu/people/chaffee/swapx.html [berkeley.edu]

War... (1)

AstrumPreliator (708436) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918436)

Sergeant: "Correct, there is no obligation." Bender/Fry: *giggling, signing up for army* Sergeant: "Unless of course, war were declared." *alarm goes off* Fry: "What's that?" Sergeant: "War were declared."

But what about us FORTRAN programmers (1)

SirWillae (74480) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918437)

I know most of us don't want to believe it, but there are still people who code in FORTRAN. As bad as that is, coding in FORTRAN would be a lot worse without the Caps Lock key. My poor pinkies are cringing at the thought of it...

Enter? (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918439)

Hey, I used the caps-lock key several times yesterday. But I don't think I've ever used the Enter (not Return; Enter) key. If you want to repurpose a useless key, Enter should be the first candidate.

But then, nobody ever accused our "standard" keyboard of having a logical design.

Where to begin (1)

maynard (3337) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918440)

I suggest you start with all the original Apple II and Apple II+ systems, every old TRS-80, PET 2001 and ZX81. Never mind them having a CAPS LOCK key - they don't even support lowercase! Not even in the character generation firmware... It's time to take a sledgehammer to those old UPPERCASE violators!




I'm totally against this (1)

dave-tx (684169) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918445)

My sister sends all of her emails in all-caps. Since I can never catch her on the phone, email is the only way we really stay in touch. Without the caps-lock key, I'm afraid we'd have to resort back to snail mail. I'm sure there are a lot of us with relatives who have the same issue.

Bigger problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918446)

Try to find a keyboard with a true 101 key layout, in black, with a usb connection. You really have to search to find a keyboard without all the idiotic Windows keys, multi-media experience keys, and other crap on it.

Uh Oh (1)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918454)

printf("BRING BACK CAPS LOCK!\n");

other useless keys (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918458)

While you're at it, please mention the pointlessness of the ScrollLock and Pause keys (they have almost never been used for anything), and demand that BIOSes ship with NumLock=on as the default (the arrow-key functions of the numeric keypad were rendered fully redundant almost two decades ago).

At least the scourge of the oversized Enter key (with an undersized Backspace key to make room for the VerticalBar/Backslash key) seems to have been mostly eradicated.

Useful when typing constant identifiers (1)

mrg123 (585233) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918465)

I am a digital ASIC design engineer. For a while, this occupation hasn't been much different than that of a software designer -- we use languages such as Verilog or VHDL rather than C, Java, etc. A common convention for programmers in all of the aforementioned languages is that constants are all caps. My left pinkie is trained to hit the caps lock key when I type constants, then hit it again when I'm done. This definitely speeds up my typing.

Why the CAPS lock key? (2, Interesting)

thoriphes (984506) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918469)

I find myself using it pretty often as I'm coding. Sure, there are two Shift keys but I can't afford that kind of temporary efficiency drop. If there's any key that they should nix, it should be the Insert key, or maybe the Scroll Lock key (do any of you even know what it's used for?). I've noticed some of the Microsoft keyboards have gotten rid of Insert key, which is a good start. I've never had a reason to use that damned key other than to hit it again to toggle it off. Keep the Caps lock key, get rid of these two mentioned above. F11 key, you're next...

the time is now! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918471)

down with capitalism!

How about other uses (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918472)

For example several Chinese IME text inputting systems use caps lock to easily change between Chinese input and the normal US keyboard since Chinese doesn't make any distinction between lower and upper case characters. I believe there can be many other useful ways to use caps lock as well, after all I use windows meta-key regularly to change between desktops.

So instead of trying to get rid of the key, how about trying to find out some better uses for it if you think the current behaviour is not useful?

Legit Cap Use (1)

LeezardLvr (990959) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918474)

I work in a law office and I end up typing large passages of double-spaced all cap documents. I would end up with VERY tired pinkies if they were taken away! Although, if someone worked it out so two keys pressed together would toggle caps like [ctrl]+[B] for bold, I could work with that.

what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#15918475)


Programming (1)

geeper (883542) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918477)

Nice to ignore all the programming environments and systems that use upper case for different reasons (SQL, AS400, etc). This must be one of the stupidest postings I've seen. Oh wait, I know, I'm going to declare a war on masturbation and post an article it.
I felt a great disturbance at ./, as if millions of ./ users suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced

I would agree with this but... (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918479)

For the last couple of years I have been making a lot of money coding in FORTRAN. Although FORTRAN itself doesn't really care if you are Upper or Lowercase, but to keep my code consistant with the origional code I program in Upper case it keeps things neater. You could say FORTRAN and COBOL are dead language but they are still used all over the place and there are more people who programing this stuff then you think. That being said I wouldn't mine changing the caplock button and putting it as a small button even a switch on the keyboard or software emulate it say make a Window button on your frame of your window to allow you to turn it on or off. But it will need to be an OS level tool, because you shouldn't determine what App will need it or not.

Is this a joke? (3, Funny)

master_p (608214) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918481)

Excuse me, but the world has more serious problems than this. I really can not explain how this made it on /., while more serious topics like a petition for adding garbage collection to C++ were rejected.

That is rediculous (1)

TylerMoney (654621) | more than 8 years ago | (#15918484)

Man, you know how terrible it would be without that key? I use that key all the time. Sure there are some programs I use in which there are quick keys to do it, but sometimes it's still faster to just HIT CAPS let that be that.
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