On Wed, 18 May 2016, Felix Miata wrote: > Lisi Reisz composed on 2016-05-18 16:40 (UTC+0100): > >> Jan Stolarek composed on 2016-05-18 17:33 (UTC+0200): > >>> As for Ctrl+Up/Down for tab switching to me this is counter-intuitive. >>> Tabs >>> are displayed horizontally. Using keys for vertical movement to switch >>> between them does not make much sense to me. > > This is why an alternate tab switching option employed in other apps includes > the tab key. > > Did you ever use a real tab, such as sheets in a ring binder or pages in a > printed manual? Those tabs are each an extension of a layer constituted of > one or more pages. Even today, paper manuals often use pseudo-tabs, pages > with contrasting colors at different positions on pages' ends to correspond > to different chapters, e.g. my Magnavox DVR and Brother printer. > >> They are numbered 1,2,3,4 etc. One usually regards numbers as going up and >> down. > > Not so much that as the physics of real rather than virtual tabs. Yes, they > look like they are horizontal, but each real tab is attached to a layer. Each > can overlap one or more others, completely hiding them. One goes up and down > through anything that is layered, unless the whole layered stack is stood on > end, in which case movement within layers in the stack becomes fore and aft, > not side to side. wow! people are really taking a metaphor very seriously! someone calls a bit of coding a 'tab' and that generates an argument about whether the coding should look like a book! as I vaguely recall there were similar scholastic arguments about the metaphor of a 'desktop' or 'folders' and such. these arguments are as difficult to settle as the dispute Swift recounts of the quarrel between the 'Big-endians' and 'Little-endians' in _Gulliver's Travels_! and that was causa belli! (itself a parodic mirror of the dispute between 'Catholic' vs 'Protestant' in Ireland, well of course this wasn't purely theological....) say here's what we do: let's code 'tabs' so they go up and down the right or left side for the 'Up-endians' and so they go along the bottom or top for 'side-winders'! I'm a 'side-winder' myself but will willingly concede the word 'tab' to the 'Up-endians' if they insist - what's in a name? but my fellow side-winders will insist on their metaphysics: tabs are 'really' left-right, after all some books have tabs at the top or bottom so.... f. -- Felmon Davis "Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends -- tell me where to get more wax!!"