[josm-dev] Please do not change long established shortcuts
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Mon Apr 30 17:40:59 BST 2012
On Mon, 30 Apr 2012, Maarten Deen wrote:
> My apologies for ranting, but please do not change shortcuts that were in use
> for I-know-not-how long. I just downloaded rev 5181 and found that the "d"
> key did not work. Someone decided that it should be the delete key.
It is the delete key for probably about 3 years now. As the <D> key
produced unwanted results it has been dropped and only <DEL> remains.
Please read the related tickets and also lots of discussions here in
josm-dev why we changed keys and why there was no alternative to this.
> I can understand the reasoning. But do not decide for the whole community
> that it is better to have everyone change the way they work just because you
> think it is better. If you think deleting an item should be the delete key
> and it was programmed as "d", then your welcome to change it in your
Actually it seems you cannot understand the reasoning. We did not simply
change a key as we thought that would be nice (we did so for others where
we had conflicts).
For this function we had
* two keys for the same function
* one of these two causing troubles
> IMHO it is also a bad change because now I have to get my hand off the mouse
> to use the delete key where the d key is nicely positioned on the left side
> of the keyboard to use with my left hand.
Well, deleting is a dangerous function and it is actually wanted that it
is not too easy.
> In principle, it is not a good idea to change long established customs.
Sorry, but I always hear that when we make changes but usually more users
are happy about cleanups and only some old-timers have problems. I do not
agree that we must keep old habits only to support some people to lazy to
We never changed anything without good reasons and we also did not do now.
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