Respect keyboard layout, please. :)


#1

As far as I can see, the game assumes I have a US (or UK?) keyboard without regard for what I’ve set up my system to.

For people using a Norwegian layout, where the “+” and “-” keys are in different places than a US keyboard, they have to hunt around for them by pressing random keys until something happens. This is a bit annoying while playing.

For me, it’s extra annoying, since I use Dvorak and even all the letters are in non-US positions. :slight_smile: Example of a Norwegian Dvorak keyboard: http://no.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil:Keyboard-Dvorak-norwegian.JPG

To reproduce the situation under Vista (XP is mostly the same, but I don’t have an XP box nearby to check the exact steps):

  • go to “Control Panel” -> “Change keyboard or other input methods” -> “Change Keyboards…” -> “Add” (under Installed Services).
  • browse to English (US) -> Keyboard -> United States-Dvorak, select it, and hit “OK”.
  • Open notepad, set layout to US Dvorak, and observe that typing the keys “asdf” now gives “aoeu”.
  • Open GSB, set layout to US Dvorak, and observe that typing the keys “asdf” gives “asdf”.

#2

It is not that easy to do… for example if he uses the sdl library it always assumes that the keyboard is qwerty. There are some ways around. but I don t know if it would work with all other keyboards.


#3

I use dvorak too, and honestly I prefer when hotkeys stay stuck on QWERTY, otherwise I generally have to remap everything (or switch to QWERTY anyway), since hotkeys are generally placed based on location.

I do agree it’s really annoying when we have to type names and stuff in QWERTY tho. Although I don’t think I’ve ever even used shortcut keys in GSB yet. I didn’t know there was any (except +/-, which I use the numpad for).


#4

Well, personally I can live with it. But, it’s a bug and this is a Beta, so I’m dutifully complaining. :slight_smile:

Also note that some non-dvorak people, e.g. people with french keyboards, will have typing issues.


#5

Maybe, maybe not. I just report the bug and trust Cliffski to decide whether it is doable within his time budget or not.