In which we document some of the alternatives that have been proposed to replace Caps Lock, assuming the key is moved to a safer position, or eliminated entirely:

  • Addition of a Ctrl key, to make it easier to type combinations like Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V (the Happy Hacker layout).
  • Addition of a second Enter key, to make the keyboard more useful for left-handers (proposed by r03).
  • Addition of a second backspace key, nicely positioned on the home row (the Colemak layout).
  • A new 'clipboard' key to replace cut/copy/paste (proposed by Linus McCabe, see ClipControl for a Proof of Concept).
  • A programmable key (or two smaller keys) for games and applications.
  • The 'any' key, which will solve the current problem of "hitting any key to continue" (Richard Sakowski)
  • A non-modal Caps key that converts selected text to uppercase (or lowercase) (Sylvie M.)

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