touch typing clash with unity keyboard shortcuts

Reported by SoloTurn on 2011-04-17
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Bug Description

touch typing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Touch_typing) clashes with the most important unity keyboard shortcuts using SUPER (super-s, super-w, super-d, alt-f2 are all nearly impossible to type). also it seems that there are too many commands for the same thing.

but, to be fair, pressing super short to get the run/search, and holding super long to get the launcher is ok. but an easy to type exposee is clearly missing, and also choosing one of the windows or desktops via <tab>.

Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-05-04
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
DavidBriscoe (pydave) wrote :

That Wikipedia article is long. Is your complaint that most computers have one Super key and it's on the left side of the keyboard, which is also where most of the secondary keys are?

Aside from mnemonics, I think one of the reasons that all of the commands are on the left side is so they can be used in conjunction with the mouse. Most users are mouse-dependent so they're faster if they don't need to take their hand off the mouse. Typing Super-l with one hand is impossible for most people.

Can you elaborate on "also it seems that there are too many commands for the same thing"?

> expose... and choosing one of the windows or desktops via <tab>.
I think one reason tab is not available is because it would interfere with the Scale Window Title Filter plugin. With this plugin enabled, when you invoke Scale (expose) you can type to isolate windows with titles that match your query. Although, I guess few windows would have tab in their title. It may be a useful exception. Regardless, you can use the arrow keys instead.

Also, you can configure some of these keyboard shortcuts:
http://askubuntu.com/questions/29553/how-can-i-configure-unity/29561#29561

You can use CompizConfig Settings Manager to change Spread (Scale), Workspace Switcher (Expo), Show desktop/maximize/minimize (General Options), and others.

SoloTurn (soloturn) wrote :

exactly about this. open the launcher, and window switching is probably the most essential. especially super-w is impossible to type. yet, "good" combinations like super-g, super-v, super-b are wasted. seriously, how often do you search videos, so you need a shortcut for it?

btw, i did not succeed in assigning super-v instead of super-w with compizconfig manager. super-v still opens the video search.

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