[racket] Esc/Alt key bindings and RSI (Was: hello..)

From: Michael Jensen (mikethe1wheelnut at gmail.com)
Date: Mon Dec 2 11:38:49 EST 2013

issue resolved.  (from what I can tell).   I'm clearly an ubuntu/unity
novice, didn't know where to look for the menus.


-mike :-)

On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 11:06 PM, Robby Findler <robby at eecs.northwestern.edu
> wrote:
Racket's GUI library is doing its best to trick ubuntu where the menus are
concerned. Matthew Flatt would know better how to look into this properly,
but there could easily be a bug in the way our GUI libs attempt to
cooperate with the underlying GUI library there. (The trickiness all stems
from trying to support eventspaces. Matthew touches on them here in this
talk; well worth checking out if you've not see it:


On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM, Michael Jensen
<mikethe1wheelnut at gmail.com>wrote:
you laugh :-)

I should have been more specific.  I don't seem to have the menus listed

some history:  I had the issues discussed here:

and here:

and the most recent problem I found a solution to is documented here:

..perhaps I should submit another bug report..?  or upgrade to the newest
version of ubuntu?

>>  On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM, Robby Findler <
>> robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
>>> Did you put your mouse up along the top? I think that's where Ubuntu
>>> hides menubars these days.
>>> Robby
>>> On Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM, Michael Jensen <
>>> mikethe1wheelnut at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> thank's for the advice. :-)
>>>> I have another problem, more pressing..  I don't seem to have a file
>>>> menu.  see the attached screen-shot.
>>>>  Screenshot from 2013-11-30 11:29:50.png<https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1ggRM1W8Jy9am5tcUUxYVdvVDg/edit?usp=drive_web>
>>>> ?
>>>> On Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 8:55 PM, Neil Van Dyke <neil at neilvandyke.org>wrote:
>>>>> Tip regarding Esc/Alt, on a repetitive strain injury note... When you
>>>>> do multi-key combinations frequently, I understand it's better for your
>>>>> hands if you don't use a single hand to press more than one key
>>>>> simultaneously.
>>>>> So, for the Esc/Alt combinations, like in Emacs, it's generally best
>>>>> to do one of:
>>>>> * Use two hands.  You probably have two Alt keys.
>>>>> * Use Esc, so you're not stretching a hand.
>>>>> * Make a different key binding.
>>>>> * Use macros or smarter automation to reduce repetitive typing.
>>>>> * If all else fails, and you're feeling strain, slow down.  Think
>>>>> more, type less.
>>>>> CS students and young programmers will sometimes ruin their
>>>>> hands/arms/etc. from bad typing/ergonomics, and cause permanent damage.
>>>>>  Exactly what works best seems to vary from person to person.  There is
>>>>> lots of standard advice (e.g., height and orientation of keyboard and
>>>>> monitor, posture, wrist bending, etc.); Google it.  (I'm fortunate that
>>>>> people on Usenet were promoting some of this advice when I was still a
>>>>> teenager; I changed my ergonomics and typing, and have been able to type
>>>>> without problem ever since.  I only wish that RMS and some of my friends
>>>>> and colleagues from back then had gotten the advice in time.)
>>>>> Neil V.
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