October 16, 2005



I'm sure there's a logical ergonomic or HCI reason for it, and granted I'm terminally clumsy, but am I the only one who's annoyed that the command-key sequences for commonly used Macintosh actions tend to reside on the left side of the keyboard? And that several of them have conflicting, relatively dramatic effects on my work processes?

Command-X (cut) is right next to command-C (copy), for example, which is itself right next to command-V (paste).

Logically speaking, these commands are somewhat related, in that they usually manipulate on-screen objects and the system clipboard. But that same logic means that during cut-and-paste operations, if I command-C an object to copy it, then attempt to paste it but slip slightly from V to the C right next to it, I've replaced what I have on the clipboard and have to start over again. (At least command-z is just a little further to the left....)

Don't get me started on the number of times I've tried to close an application window (command-W) and hit the key sequence for quit instead (command-Q, just to the left). Command-z doesn't solve that one.

Maybe I've started to notice these things in the last five or so years, as I've transitioned away from using a mouse to using the trackpad on a laptop. I suppose if I was using a mouse with my right hand, it'd be helpful to have the major command-key sequences available under my left hand.

[image from clarita1000 at morguefile.com]

Posted by johndanseven at October 16, 2005 10:35 PM