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Re: Compiz plugins

2009/12/6 Marko Vojinovic <vvmarko gmail com>:
> On Sunday 06 December 2009 09:45:53 Suvayu Ali wrote:
>> On Sunday 06 December 2009 01:39 AM, Eric Tanguy wrote:
>> > How to know what key is <super> ?
>> Although its usually the "Windows"  key, you can check by running xev
>> from the terminal. This will give you a keycode for the key, but I don't
>> know how you can make sure that is the correct keycode.
> I've always found this "super" and "meta" terminology quite confusing. What
> keys do you press when you read "press <alt>+<meta3>+F9" in some instruction
> manual?
> Given that some keyboards might or might not have one or more "Windows" and
> similar keys present, there must be some table in X configuration files that
> maps available keyboard layout to names such as <super>, <meta1-4>, <alt>,
> <ctrl> and <shift>. The problem is where this information actually is and how
> to make it easily available for a newbie.

>From what I have observed, <meta> usually refers to the two ALT keys,
and <super> refers to the two WINDOWS keys. And sometimes _all_ these
modifier keys are referred to as modX where X is just a number. So it
could be something like this, <mod1> = ALT, <mod2> = CTRL, <mod3> =
SHIFT, and <mod4> = WINDOWS. (I might have mixed up the mod2 & mod3
though :-p )

> After so many years of using Linux, I myself am still not sure what are super
> and meta keys on my keyboard. I never bothered to do a serious investigation
> of this, but certainly, one should not be supposed to use google and read
> configuration files in order to find out which key is where on the keyboard...

That is very true, all of this is incredibly confusing. There has to
be some convention on what to use when referring to these keys and of
course all of that needs to be documented. I wouldn't know where to
start looking to get more into the details of all this mess. :(

> Or am I missing something completely obvious here?
> Best, :-)
> Marko


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