Where's the "Help"-Key?

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Where's the "Help"-Key?

Postby MBaas on Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:03 pm

Probably just close to the "Any"-Key ;)
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Ok, enough joking. As you see, my language-bar is configured to have ⍷ at that position - but apart from F1 (which didn't work) I could not think of any "Help"-keys and - I admit - I was too lazy (and also it is too late) to dive into the kbd-defn...
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Re: Where's the "Help"-Key?

Postby Vince|Dyalog on Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:54 am

MBaas wrote:Probably just close to the "Any"-Key ;)
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Ok, enough joking. As you see, my language-bar is configured to have ⍷ at that position - but apart from F1 (which didn't work) I could not think of any "Help"-keys and - I admit - I was too lazy (and also it is too late) to dive into the kbd-defn...


We have seen this mistaken help label for the \| key on the UK keyboard. This is to the left of the Z. On your German keyboard, is it the key to the left of the y which gives you the ⍷?

I'll add your report to Issue 004898 in our database.
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Re: Where's the "Help"-Key?

Postby MBaas on Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:28 pm

Thanks Vince, you're right, it is to the left of y on the german kbd. It's they that has < > and |.
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Re: Where's the "Help"-Key?

Postby Morten|Dyalog on Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:49 am

This is really odd, we are calling the Microsoft "GetKeyNameText" function (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms646300(VS.85).aspx) and it is returning "Help" as the name of this key (also known as "VK_OEM_5"). We're not quite sure what to do next, need a brilliant idea :-)
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Re: Where's the "Help"-Key?

Postby MBaas on Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:18 pm

Probably even they didn't know how to name that silly key, so they asked for help.
And we're all misinterpreting this as a decision on the key's name!

Should we consider inviting someone from MS to APL2010to share some of their deep reasoning...?
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