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Re: Shift-Letter Extension

Posted By: John Gruener <>
Date: Tuesday, 8 September 1998, at 4:06 a.m.

In Response To: Detailed Navigation PROPOSAL - (link) (Walter Rassbach)

Walter,I've read and thought through your detailed proposal very carefully. (What a "flash"!)

I know you've spent a lot of time and thought on this, but I must be honest here. I think it's just too complex for the average person. Of course, ZTree users might not be "average" persons, but still, too many keys are not at all intuitive, or anything similar to current functions. I realize that there just aren't many keys available, but it's just too much for my feeble brain! I think some people might adapt to it, but, in my opinion, not many.

I have what I think is a much simpler approach, and gives us all the keys on the keyboard to spell out a name in either the directory or file windows.

Instead of my suggested Continous-Shift key, (which may not work and has some drawbacks), why not use the "|" key, (Shift-Backslash) to enter the spell mode in either window? Currently an initial "|" key acts just like the "\" key in either window. This would change so that it would, instead, enter the Spell Mode.

The "|" key would work in the same fashion as the "\" key does now in the directory window, i.e., once pressed, all characters entered would be spelling the name of the file or directory, until an Enter or Esc key is pressed. This needs more definition, but at this point I'm only asking you and others whether this sounds like a better idea. In the Spell Mode all keys would be available, (without having to shift letters), to find any legal long file/directory name. The Tab and Shift-Tab key could be used while in the Spell Mode to find the next/previous file/directory which matches the spelling. No change would be made to how the current Shift-Letter and Number keys work to find the first letter of files.

Also, I would like to keep the initial proposal restricted to just the *basic* function, without adding, (yet), the ability to specify extension names, or anything else. I think the simpler we keep this, initially, the better chance we have of getting it done. We can add more bells and whistles later after we have a working model.


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