Caps Lock indicator panel plugin

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Sat Jan 24 07:27:25 CET 2015

On Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:30:46 -0300, Renaud (Ron) OLGIATI wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:33:20 +0100 Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> > I never used a laptop, however, this is broken by design.
> Care to be more specific ?

Most computer keyboards are based on the style of a typewriter
keyboard, just a few exceptions don't fake a typewriter. The software
doesn't care what kind of keyboard we use. It's the task of the
keyboard hardware to be designed correctly and software shouldn't be
needed to complete unfinished keyboards. IOW a real
mechanical non-electrical typewriter's caps lock key is hold down by the
typewriter's mechanic, so if a computer keyboard does use the same
layout, resp. fakes to be a real typewriter keyboard, the caps lock key
should have a LED. If there isn't a LED, it's a wrong design.

For a computer there's absolutely no need to use the old qwerty/qwertz
typewriter layout, it's just common because it's good to provide a
work-flow people are used to. This work-flow includes a signal on the
keyboard that shows when caps lock is enabled or disabled. It could be a
mechanical hold down key or a LED. If such a signal is missing on the
keyboard, the keyboard is crap.

Software that displays "Num Lock", "Caps Lock" and "Scroll Lock" on
the monitor is a weak workaround. If a user does look at the keyboard,
the user needs this information when looking at the keyboard, there
shouldn't be the need to move the head and take a look at the monitor.

What's wrong with this pot ?

It the bad design of the pot. Such designs are nice for private usage,
but unusable for professional work-flows.

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