[Scribus] Why do?

Craig Ringer craig
Tue Jul 25 02:57:47 CEST 2006

Craig Bradney wrote:

> Yes.. like.. command backspace is somehow related to delete when wanting to 
> delete a file in finder. The trash is a pretty icon but slow.. now, just 
> imagine they thought to use the "delete" key for deleting a file, now 
> wouldn't that be clever!

Like the poor support for context menus, that's a historical artifact. 
Apple pushed for *years* (may still be pushing) for keyboards with no 
key pad, no delete key, etc. That's why they label backspace "delete" 
... they didn't have a delete key.

Since backspace is used when renaming files, one wouldn't want to 
accidentally move one to the trash instead of remove a char from its 
name. So they decided to use command backspace.

Once again, it all comes down to the hardware decisions. Like the 
`Eject' key that's been appearing and vanishing off Apple keyboards for 
years, depending on whether or not they feel like blocking the 
floppy/CD-ROM eject button today.

Anyway, I like your original post. A good point well made and mostly 
missed I fear.

Craig Ringer

More information about the scribus mailing list