slow keys must die. now

Jérôme Guelfucci jeromeg at
Sun Aug 19 22:42:21 CEST 2012

On 19/08/12 17:25, Jérôme Guelfucci wrote:
> On 19/08/12 16:57, Paul Johnson wrote:
>> Who do you think I can complain to?
>> I'm sick to death of this stupid, inconvenient, "feature" called slow
>> keys. While I'm trying to write an essay--and thinking--and I don't
>> want to be penalized for leaving my finger on the shift key. I
>> understand the fact that somebody worked really hard to make it work
>> this way, but IMHO it was an enormous waste of effort. Slow keys is a
>> silly, stupid, frustrating thing that has taken me out of my train of
>> thought more than once.
>> At one time, it was completely disabling because it seemed the
>> keyboard was dead. Now understand the cause, but I still hate it.
>> Today I noticed a popup in the xcfe tray warning me that "slow keys
>> was enabled", I suppose that's progress. At least the user is warned
>> that the irritating feature is still present. But I don't want to put
>> up with it, at all.
>> And I think it is a stupid design to have automatic slow keys in the
>> first place. Do you really think this helps a disabled person in any
>> appreciable way? How in the world is this person that requires "slow
>> keys" even logging into the computer with "ordinary keys"? They can
>> type a username and password and then all of the sudden they can't
>> type at regular speed? The slow keys has to be a feature a person
>> elects in a menu, in the display manager. How many people are so
>> disabled that they can't click a menu, or have a helper hit a menu
>> button?
>> I want to disable this feature entirely. How do I do it? If I have to
>> remove xfce entirely to do that, I don't think I mind. But I wish
>> there were an easier way.
> Hello Paul,
> I'll look into fixing this correctly (disabling this feature by default
> and adding an option to activate it for people who need that).
> Meanwhile, I found the attached program in a related bug report.
> Compiling this and adding it to the list of auto-started applications
> should fix your issue.
> Regards,
> Jérôme

Pushed a fix in git master branch:

AccessXKeys control should now be disabled by default. You can use the 
/accessibility/AccessXKeys Xfconf property to control this.



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