|Re: Instructions for building WP-34s loads.|
Message #15 Posted by Paul Dale on 21 Sept 2011, 11:06 p.m.,
in response to message #14 by Dominic Richens
I find the opposite, there are many programming functions missing from the keyboard. The number of programming functions on the keyboard isn't great: XEQ, GTO, LBL, RTN, ISG, DSE, R/S, x=, x!=, PSE and all but two are shifted. There are a few more keys with support stuff P/R, CLP, P.FCN, TEST, all of these are shifted. Solve, integrate, product and sum are programming related I guess but I tend to think of them more as maths functions. Likewise, up and down arrow have a programming meaning but aren't really programming keys. In all about an eighth of the stuff on the keyboard is programming related and nearly all of it is shifted. No doubt I've missed a few but the number is in the right ball park at least.
I agree it would be nice for some scientific keys to be unshifted but we couldn't figure out where to put them -- what loses the unshifted position to make way? I don't see anything less important. As an aside, integer mode fared far worse, most of its special functions are in a catalogue and much of the keyboard stops working.
I'd also hazard a guess that there are more functions in the various catalogues than are on the keyboard. We've packed a lot of functionality into the 34S :-)