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Re: The Troublesome Task of Rejiggering the Keyboard
Posted by: Jessica Mintz 2009-06-28 22:04:49
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Lenovo put nearly a year of research into two design changes that debuted on an updated ThinkPad laptop this week. No, not the thinner, lighter form or the textured touchpad -- rather, the extra-large "Delete" and "Escape" keys. It may seem like a small change, but David Hill, vice president of corporate identity and design at Lenovo, points out, "Any time you start messing around with the keyboard, people get nervous." Computers get smaller and faster every year, but keyboard design remains largely stuck in the 19th century.

Caps Lock
Posted by: MitchH 2009-06-29 12:50:14 In reply to: Jessica Mintz
Re: "There might be some people out there who just really like their 'Caps Lock' key for whatever reason."

One good reason for Caps Lock is for AutoCAD and other technical drawing software. In drafting plans and block diagrams, text is usually all caps.
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