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  • Brian Warren 9y

    hallelujah indeed! For what its worth I keep forgetting its there too. Knowing it works for F5 will probably bring it back to mind more often...
  • Paul IIci 9y

    Handy stuff. I forget to use it as well.
  • Stewart Johnson 9y

    Why did they choose esc instead of tab? is there some zen-like perfection in esc? the mental model seems better for tab (because it's got the little arrow) than escape (which normally means "get me out of here").
  • John Gruber 9y

    Because if you bind it to the Tab key, how do you insert a literal tab character?
  • Stewart Johnson 9y

    That's not a good argument. If you bind it to the escape key, how do you quickly close the window?
  • Stewart Johnson 9y

    ... and isn't your original conversation testament to the fact that it's in the wrong place? ("I always forget...")
  • Clark Cox 9y

    stewartjohnson - since when do you close a texteditor's (or IM client's)window with the esc key?
  • Stewart Johnson 9y

    It seems the answer is "never" on the Mac, but I'm on Windows, so the answer is "regularly". MSN Messenger supports ESC = close window. So do lots of other native Windows apps.
  • Adam Lindsay 9y

    oh, that was *you* on the other end of the conversation leading to Gruber's post. Nice.
  • Stewart Johnson 7y

    Now that I'm getting more into Cocoa programming, the Escape key really does have a double life. Specifically from the Cocoa Windows programming guide:
    "If a panel is the key window and has a close button, it closes itself when the user presses the Escape key."

    So the Escape key may autocomplete, or it may close the window, depending upon the context. That doesn't seem like a consistent model. :-/
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