[TxMt] The Dvorak-Qwerty layout, 2 years later

Sami Samhuri sami.samhuri at gmail.com
Fri May 4 19:44:36 UTC 2007

Hello Allan & other TM friends,

I'm one of the disturbed folks who tries to make life difficult for myself
and those around me by using the Dvorak-Qwerty layout. Apple was kind enough
to create this monster, but not kind enough to provide the adequate means
for developers to fully support it in their apps[1].

Is there anything in the works to handle the DQ layout properly in TM2? I'm
debating a switch to a pure Dvorak[2] layout and since TM is the app I type
into for hours daily it has the largest influence on my decision. I know
it's foolish to think that maybe Leopard will include some new key handling
abilities just for us DQ guys, but I'm clinging to a shred of hope.

The only reason I'm bringing this up is that every now and then a new bundle
shortcut will catch me by surprise, ie. Cmd-Opt-/  (which is Cmd-Opt-[ in
DQ) for commenting blocks overwrote the shortcut for re-indenting a block or
line. Cmd-/ works as it should, but for some reason Cmd-Opt-/ uses the
Dvorak / instead of the Qwerty /. Some default shortcuts don't work at all
(show scope). It's not that big of a deal and I accept that this is the
price I pay for choosing an obscure layout. However, my dislike of surprises
while coding[3] outweighs the benefits of using DQ in the first place; hence
this message.

[1] http://comox.textdrive.com/pipermail/textmate/2005-August/005238.html
[2] Oh how I would/will miss the cut, copy & paste shortcuts. They suck on a
Dvorak layout.
[3] I know, I know. Why the hell do I use the cutting edge build of TM if I
don't want surprises? ;-)

Sami Samhuri
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