Re: can ups be operated from the keyboard?

From: Callum Gibson (
Date: Fri Oct 12 2001 - 00:25:21 BST

  • Next message: Russell Browne: "Re: can ups be operated from the keyboard?" writes:
    }Of the various ideas floated, this seems most natural to me.  One way
    }to indicate which panel has focus as you are tabbing through would be
    }to redraw the labels from
    } start next step  etc
    } s(t)art (n)ext (s)tep  etc
    My only concern with this approach, from an implementation point of view,
    is that it's a lot of work to create a new text region on the screen
    and to have the concept of changing focus between those regions (given
    that we're not dealing with Xaw or Motif here) compared with something
    which uses the existing text area and uses some way to distinguish whether
    the input is a command or a variable reference. I've mentioned a couple of
    ways to do this. At the moment the % prefix indicates a command, but Rod
    pointed out that changing between '%n ' and '%s ' was a little cumbersome,
    and still not single keystroke. So from a pragmatic point of view, how
    about a key to toggle between 'command' mode and 'input mode' (sort of like
    vi)? Or you could even use a '%%' command to go to command mode, to be
    semi-consistent with existing usage.
    Of course, if someone wants to go the whole hog and implement a new text
    area, which will admittedly allow easier switching between entering
    text or commands, don't let me stop you. I think we're in agreement that
    it is desirable functionality at least.

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