Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

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Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby SoGone » 31 Jul 2011, 18:02

Surely other, more descriptive names could have been found...

And why F1, F2, etc? Why not G1, G2?
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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby mark » 01 Aug 2011, 07:56

do you want me to google for answers because I can if you REALLY wanna know???!!! :P Does ctrl stand for 'control'???...

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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby SoGone » 01 Aug 2011, 19:36

Yeah, I think it stands for Control. That's how I always pronounce it, anyway.


If you care to find the answers for me, that'd be great.
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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby mark » 01 Aug 2011, 20:56

ok - will do tomorrow - aren't I nice???!!! :D or stupid! :shock: or both! :roll:

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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby SoGone » 02 Aug 2011, 16:54

How about sweet?
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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby mark » 03 Aug 2011, 09:04

Very sweet - now make sure I don't forget!!!... :P

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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby SoGone » 04 Aug 2011, 00:49

I'm tempted to create a "Why'd they call them Bert and Ernie?" thread now.
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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby mark » 04 Aug 2011, 11:54

I googled and wiki'ed Bert & Ernie for you... and there is no answer... apparently some fans say they believe them to be named after characters that feature in 'It's a Wonderful Life' but Sesame Street have said that is merely a co-incidence and that Jim Henson had no memory for remembering those kinds of details...

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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby mark » 04 Aug 2011, 11:57

You can read this if you want but I can't be bothered!!!!.. :P

http://superuser.com/questions/174945/w ... d-alt-keys

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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby SoGone » 04 Aug 2011, 15:13

I think it's wrong. It claims that "alt" is used to access alternate functions for keys, but everyone knows that "Shift" is that key.
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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby mark » 04 Aug 2011, 20:50

grumble! :(

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Re: Why'd they call them Ctrl and Alt?

Postby SoGone » 05 Aug 2011, 03:37

My thoughts exactly.
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