Subject: Re: prog@
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: 14 Nov 2002 20:52:07 +0000
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Marcus Breiing
| On my keyboard, as on Pascal Costanza's (I guess), ^ is a dead key.
| So you type ^+Space to get ^.  At least, nowadays it actually *works*
| like that for me.  I had a setup once where typing this invariably got
| me ^^, so I'd have to type ^+Space+Backspace to get a single caret.

  If you edit text for human beings, this is not an insane keyboard layout.
  If you edit code, anything that keeps all of ASCII from being accessible
  without contortions is rabidly insane.  Programmers who cannot figure out
  how to unbraindamage their keyboards should become journalists or
  something where accuracy and intelligence are inconveniences.

  On Norwegian keyboards, {}[] are reachable with AltGr and a digit key on
  the left hand.  If you write in any language using the C syntax template,
  and you have /not/ changed to a US keyboard layout to get rid of this
  monstrous insanity, you deserve the wrists you are soon going to get.
  (But if someone wishes to argue against Java and C++ in Norway based on
  this incredible braindamage, I shall probably support them.)

Erik Naggum, Oslo, Norway

Act from reason, and failure makes you rethink and study harder.
Act from faith, and failure makes you blame someone and push harder.