About the only time I use the Caps Lock key on my computer is when I aCCIDENTALLY hit it as I reach my pinky over to hit the A key. Seriously, it has come in handy at times, especially back in the days of typing on my trusty Remington manual typewriter that lacked bold and italics.
Recently I read an article telling that Google is planning to delete the Caps Lock/Shift Lock key on its Cr-48 notebook (laptop), replacing the key with a search button. If users still want to have it be a Caps Lock key, they can do so by tweaking a few settings. The article about this change gives an interesting history of typewriters and keyboards and tells when and why the Shift Lock key came into being and how its use has changed through the years.
The change Google is making on its laptops may be confusing to those who frequently use the caps lock key, but it could also help people avoid being part of something like the following discussion I found online earlier this fall:
As a foreign language teacher I have to deal frequently with capitalization and punctuation issues with my students because there are many differences between the usages in French and English. It seems to be becoming more of a challenge all the time because students are used to texting and e-mailing without ever using the shift key, let alone the caps lock key. And so today's students are not even comfortable with proper usage in their own language.
It would be interesting to know what the poet e.e. cummings would have done if he were writing his poetry today. Here's something he wrote that illustrates his eccentric style:
I don't know if avoiding capitalization would have been avant garde enough for him since his young contemporaries would all be doing that already.
I think it's interesting that his tombstone is totally in caps and not in all lowercase letters.
Lest we underestimate the power of capitalization, coupled with punctuation, here's an example of how differently two strings of identical text can read.
Examine these two "Dear John" letters:
I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior.
You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we're apart. I can be forever happy — will you let me be yours?
I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior.
You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we're apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?
What do you think about the absence or presence of a Caps Lock key? Do you usually try to use proper capitalization and punctuation?
"We live in a world that's always talking, with little time to think." — Drew Conley
Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
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