On Tab Switching


Following on the recent Textmate fracas where the tab-switching hotkeys were changed to something “more standard” and then back again, and noticing some US pundits going on about how Command-{ and Command-} are becoming “the standard”, I would just like to remind the Mac community at large of one little tidbit:

There is an entire world out there that doesn’t use US keyboards and where both Apple and third-party developers have royally screwed up hotkey assignments

For instance, we don’t have dedicated bracket or parenthesis keys over here in my neck of the woods - they’re all placed on the number keys (accessed via the oft-ignored Alt Gr key).

So before you think it’s a good idea to implement whatever you think of as “standard”, make sure you understand how much of a real standard it is outside the US.