|Re: [43S]Top row poll (until Monday, 4.2.13, 13:13 UTC)|
Message #153 Posted by Doug (NYC) on 2 Feb 2013, 6:04 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Walter B
My vote: B
I like B because you get default functions when no menu is displayed, "for free." I'm willing to risk the confusion that this may cause, but this would certainly be covered in the first few pages of any documentation. However, perhaps the keyboard design could address this by making those keys look different than the rows beneath.
I would suggest a discussion of what should be on the keys if option B is selected. I'm not sure that the selected functions on the top row and second row are what I would choose, but I'm just one opinion. (For examples: I'd prefer having an inverse log-base-y-of-x as the F of the y^x key, and at least two to four of the other keys are of very little value to me.)
Even with B, I think having the G-menu for LOG and TRIG would be useful, perhaps as G-shifted keys in the same location as the option A keys are.
I maintain my (atypical, uncommon, unusual) belief that double-shifted keys might be useful here. For example, one key could be SIN, ASIN, SINH, ASINH: SIN, f-SIN, g-SIN, g-f-SIN. Also: e^x, ln x, 10^x, log x: E^X, f-E^X, g-E^X, g-f-E^X. (Could also be done with the x^2 key to add cubes and cube roots.)
Perhaps a system flag could be created that would change whether the TRIG menu's unshifted keys are trigonometric or hyperbolic by default, as well. If you're using hyperbolics a lot, this could save a lot of keystrokes.
To address the possible confusion inherent in Option B, perhaps the "white band with upward-pointing chevron" that is above the top row of keys could be partially inscribed into the top row keys. For example, the top keys could have a white border on the left, top and right side of the physical key (perhaps only 1mm thick) to more clearly delineate that the key is dual-purpose.