Combined Yoruba characters with dot below and tonal diacritics

Doug Ewell doug at
Thu Apr 16 11:53:34 CDT 2015

Philippe Verdy <verdy underscore p at wanadoo dot fr> wrote:

> Another candidate key for modifiers that you can use on PC keyboards
> is the useless "NumLock" key on 101/102-keys keyboards (there's
> actually no need to switch the working mode of the numeric keypad,
> given you have also a separate set of keys for cursor movements, which
> remain active independantly of the NumLock setting).

[+544 words]

Speaking only about Windows here, not other platforms:

1. AltGr is the industry standard for this sort of "Level 3" shifting
function. Users would probably not expect NumLock or Scroll Lock, which
are far from the normal typewriter keys, to perform this function.

2. Windows (or at least MSKLC) doesn't allow NumLock to be remapped in
this way. You'd have to drop down to a lower level of key processing.

3. Some users actually prefer the arrow keys on the numeric keypad, and
for them, NumLock isn't "useless."

Doug Ewell | | Thornton, CO ����

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