Question for Windows users: BACKSPACE or DELETE

The EDIT menu has an EditClear menu item that has a caption of DELETE.

I would like to add a menu shortcut to it, but would BACKSPACE or DELETE be the proper key?

Thanks for your advice :wink:

[quote=211166:@Markus Winter]The EDIT menu has an EditClear menu item that has a caption of DELETE.

I would like to add a menu shortcut to it, but would BACKSPACE or DELETE be the proper key?

Thanks for your advice ;-)[/quote]

In Windows (or Linux) what Apple calls delete, which deletes on the left, is called Backspace.

The Delete key (which deletes on the right) is usually above the Backspace one when there is no numerical pad area, otherwise it is in between the alphanumeric part and the numeric one.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_PC_keyboard
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout

[quote=211168:@Michel Bujardet]In Windows (or Linux) what Apple calls delete, which deletes on the left, is called Backspace.

The Delete key (which deletes on the right) is usually above the Backspace one when there is no numerical pad area, otherwise it is in between the alphanumeric part and the numeric one.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_PC_keyboard
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout[/quote]
Thanks, but I know. The question is a different one.

Imagine you use a key to delete objects in a canvas. Would Windows users expect to use the Backspace or the Delete key?

delete seems more common on windows

Depends. It is very accessible on the 101 keyboard, which may explain. On portables, it is less obvious.

Deleting a file is Ctrl-D or Delete. The latter is far easier.

Delete is the correct one for deleting objects from a canvas. Backspace almost always is used with text.

They should be interchangeable for this purpose. Both should work.

It does not cost much to enable backspace to remove objects just the same way as Delete. Just like the IDE does. This enables the user to use whichever key he is comfortable with.

Hmmm, I haven’t found a way yet to set both up as a menu item shortcut :stuck_out_tongue:

And yes, I know that I can trap the key in KeyDown … :wink: … but my question is which key to set as shortcut in the menu. What would Windows users expect.

I thank you all for your contributions, but especially those who tried to answer the question :wink:

DELETE

Looking at most documentation for CAD and Graphics packages (once I have access to anyways), DEL key is what is used.

[quote=211247:@Markus Winter]Hmmm, I haven’t found a way yet to set both up as a menu item shortcut :stuck_out_tongue:

And yes, I know that I can trap the key in KeyDown … :wink: … but my question is which key to set as shortcut in the menu. What would Windows users expect.

I thank you all for your contributions, but especially those who tried to answer the question ;-)[/quote]

Go for Delete.