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As a typist or one who types often, how important is the caps lock to you?

“What was the reason behind placing the Caps Lock key in such a prime location? It's a useless key.” It is a useless key these days, isn’t it? But it wasn’t always. I hearken back to the days before computers were so prevalent, when typewriters were common in the workplace. In order to get upper-case letters stamped onto the page that was rolled into the platen, you had to press the Shift key, because it literally shifted the typebars’ physical position, so that the strike heads that had the desired characters could be moved into position to strike the ribbon (and thus type out the correct letter). Most typewriters, due to physical space limitations, could only hold so many characters on one set (row) of typebars; to get more characters, you needed to add another row, offset from the first row. Holding down the Shift key, especially on typewriters that did not have electric motors driving the typebars, was physically exhausting; not only that, but without adequate pressure on the Shift key, you ran the risk of having two or more typebars moving at the same time, jamming the mechanism (which was rarely a serious condition, but when you were paid by the word, time was money). Thus, the Caps Lock key was implemented widely, in order to allow for prolonged typing of the second row of typebars (which contained the upper-case letters, and symbols such as ! and @, just like your computer keyboard has) to be locked into place, sparing your pinky finger from over-straining. So, why does the Caps Lock key hang around? When Personal Computers started appearing in the workplace, loaded with spreadsheet and word-processing software, it was deemed important to be able to migrate typists from typewriters to computers with a minimal amount of training, and allowing workers to maintain their muscle memory of where keys were and how t operated. These days, holding down the Shift key requires nearly no effort, so yes, it is rather useless, by and large. It just became part of the keyboard, and no one’s thought to remove it. I wonder what would happen if a PC manufacturer tried it…

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I'm sure the market would be flooded with keys that did absolutely nothing. Or perhaps the market would flood with keys just like the one you see in these pictures here. And if you want to be a stickler for it, make it a little larger… “You don't know how to type! It's too much,” you can't have it!” ” You don't know anything about computers”!” ” Do you?” ” Who said anything about “you don't?” “Yeah,” I know all about computers,” I've been on many systems,” I've programmed on a hundred and eighty systems,” I know what a BASIC IS,” I know that you can do anything you want from a computer,” and then” and then,” and then,” that's what I tell my boys” and my girls.”” ” And you want to know why you'll never be a computer.

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