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Re: A Microsoft Christmas Carol
The point is not control versus command on the apple, but over private
ownership over communication standards like the keyboard codes and the
In the early to mid 80's all terminals, even with cursor keys and
numeric and function keys, achieved their functions through ASCII, a
128 character code with 32 "control" codes. Backspace was ^h, return
was ^m, escape is ^[, and so on. the Alt or Meta button was an
extension to ascii, which added the 8th bit.
IBM and microsoft established a new keyboard standard with the
PC, which made everyone's investment in ascii keyboards obsolete.
Rather than sending ascii codes, keys send make/break codes
so arbitrary keyboard actions like Control Escape are possible.
Technically, you cannot send keys like shift-backspace in Ascii;
It is not a real character.
Microsoft's addition of a key with "windows logo" on it to be a
"windows 95" certified keyboard, is an attempt at making all existing
pc keyboards obsolete. Does anyone even know what it does besides
issue a control/escape (which can't be done in ascii), and make
manufacturers put a microsoft copyright notice on their hardware?
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