It’s a modifier key, dammit!
[Previously published here.]
Sometimes the small hates are the most consuming ones.
My desktop uses Gnome. I mostly like it; it’s certainly not hate-free, but it’s not the topic of today’s rant.
OpenOffice.org.o.OoOO.Oooo runs on my Gnome desktop. I don’t really like
OpenOffice, but some idiot has sent me a picture as, of all things, a
PowerPoint presentation, and I need to be able to look at the benighted
thing. So. Now I can
Alt+Tab between the thing I’m actually working on,
and the stupid picture stuffed into the stupid PowerPoint document.
Check something in OO. Switch back to code. Check something in OO. Switch back to code. Check something in OO. Swit– no, wait, what was that in the PowerPoint document again?
Oh, but now what’s happened is that I hit the
Alt key, then released it
without doing anything else. Whoops, bad mistake. Because, unlike every
other application I ever use, OO feels the need to make that mean “activate
Please note that there are already two fucking keyboard shortcuts for
activating the menu bar (
F10), not to mention that
exactly the same behaviour as
F. But two shortcuts are
apparently not enough: OO also has to make one of my precious, precious
modifier keys behave in a completely stupid and counter-intuitive manner.
Now, I know why OO does this: it’s to emulate the broken behaviour of Windows. But, here’s the thing: if I wanted my system to behave like Windows, don’t you think I’d be using Windows? And on the contrary, if every other menu bar I ever use doesn’t make me want to STAB PEOPLE IN THE FACE, don’t you think that fitting in with that would be a good plan?