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Input Devices GUI Hardware

One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard 364

jfruhlinger writes "Anyone in tech has heard from grousing old-timers who believe the GUI was the beginning of the end of civilization and that EMacs keyboard shortcuts are all the interface anyone should need. But can someone use a modern consumer OS without laying hands on a mouse? Kevin Purdy gave it a week-long try."
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One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard

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  • Re:Windows? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by White Flame ( 1074973 ) on Monday June 27, 2011 @06:11PM (#36590750)

    Windows is FAR better than Linux in the run-the-GUI-with-keyboard-only department. Sure, Linux has a better console environment, but these keyboard jockeys utterly failed at keyboard jockeying their graphical programs.

    I liked the Amiga's solution: Holding down one of the Amiga keyboard buttons turned the cursor keys into a virtual mouse, with Enter or Space or something representing the mouse buttons. A very simple solution when some program didn't have a keyboard shortcut and it wasn't worth grabbing the rodent.

  • by dthirteen ( 307585 ) on Monday June 27, 2011 @06:22PM (#36590878) Homepage

    In soviet linux the keyboard is the mouse:

    http://www.tuxfiles.org/linuxhelp/movecursor.html [tuxfiles.org]

  • by GarrettK18 ( 1200827 ) on Monday June 27, 2011 @06:54PM (#36591200) Homepage
    Yes, it is completely possible to do so. There are even built-in shortcuts to do just about everything (desktop, start menu, application navigation mechanisms, ETC)... and that's not even getting into all the stuff a screen reader gives you, like the ability to inspect the screen with a "flat review cursor." Then there are all sorts of fun things like "spell word", ETC.

    It's also possible to use a computer soully with a refreshable braille display device, though it gets aggrivating, and there's no way in hell I'd do it for a week.

    On the Linux side of things, the accessibility is far worse than in Windows, but Gnome provides a lot of the same types of keyboard navigation mechanisms as Windows (Orca [gnome.org] doesn't work on KDE, sadly).

  • by LoudMusic ( 199347 ) on Monday June 27, 2011 @07:52PM (#36591648)

    Even though Mac OS and OS X both have extensive keyboard controls, neither is possible to use exclusively with a keyboard. I've found Windows to be the most keyboard friendly GUI OS. Which I think is kind of odd ...

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