Tech Geeker Dogma: Swapping Capslock Ctrl

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[the following is originally a post in a thread in gnu.emacs.help that became a flamewar. https://groups.google.com/group/gnu.emacs.help/browse_frm/thread/8fad52db5e75a2c3/]

The Caps Lock position for Ctrl is actually not bad. Excellent design in fact. For example, of the 3 keyboard designs i admire, one of them is “Truly Ergonomic” (TE). See: Ergonomic Keyboards Gallery.

on TE, it actually put Shift key on the Caps Lock position, on both sides of the keyboard! What a fantastic, great, thoughtful, design.

Question: Why are you against the Capslock position then?

Answer: it's because the tech-geeking f���heads.

There are certain class of programers, a subculture, who pride themselves around the term hacker. These people, collectively loosely have certain way or habit and thought pattern, and a subset of them are loud-mouthers on some issues (such as our Thad Floryan fellow here, who, every time would sting me about Caps Lock/Ctrl switch when i write about keyboard. Which, is perfectly fine, just don't blame me for my equally reasonable responses.) 〔➤ Computing Culture: What's Hacker?

The hacker types (for lack of better term), often insists on certain geek ways that are often scientifically baseless and harmful. For example, the advice to swap Caps Lock/Ctrl, the cry against GUI, the cry against mouse, the numerous unix slogans, the idolatry of emacs, the slogan about laziness (perl), the slogan about lambda knight or idolatry of lisp as god lang, usually as dogma. Motherf���ing f���heads. For example, one slogan “Be conservative in what you send; be liberal in what you accept.” which damaged the web for 2 decade. 〔➤ HTML5 Doctype, Validation, X-UA-Compatible, and Why Do I Hate Hackers

But what's technically wrong with swapping Caps Lock/Ctrl?

Here's the deal. On a newly designed keyboard such as that TE, the position to the left of A is a top valued position. Also, notice that TE keyboard is symmetric, fixing one of the major problem of traditional keyboard. So, Caps Lock or ⇧ Shift are on the right side at the same place too. (similar to Enter ↵ key, but without extra key column in between)

If you are designing a new keyboard, it's great. But if you are creating workaround over standard PC keyboard, then the advice of swapping Caps Lock/Ctrl is a entire new story. For example, you could swap Ctrl/Alt. The Alt is used by thumb, and available on both sides. That is immediately superior workaround on most keyboards (except laptops). There are many issues, alternatives, i've analyzed in detail in my article and i won't repeat here. 〔➤ Emacs: Why You Should Not Swap {Caps Lock, Control} Keys

But the thing about the motherf���ing techgeekers, such as our Thad Floryan fellow here, is that they often blindly insists on hackerdom dogma.

Sure, on many situations, swapping Caps Lock/Ctrl is a perfect solution. For example, on laptops. On laptops, keys are tiny, especially the Alt key, and usually they are not available no right side. The Caps Lock key on laptop is a big key. It's really a great solution. But you see, tech geekers are not concerned about this. Thad, never give the qualifications about swapping Caps Lock/Ctrl. Instead, they typically go like this: “I type for decades, never had problem, you should swap CapsLock/Ctrl, it's how keyboard should be, look at Sun Micro keyboards, and all the keyboard of 1920s. God designed that way. And look at vi keyboard, h j k l. emacs and vi. and IBM Model M! God says. Therefore you should. KISS.”

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