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[ale] What's the alternate function mode on the keyboard for?

They're usually used for quick launching common applications (e.g.
calculator, calendar, etc.). But as you have seen, the keyboard is
going to require a driver that can interpret the signals

On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 12:46 PM, Jim Lynch
<ale_nospam at fayettedigital.com> wrote:
> Some if not most of my keyboards have a "F" or mode key that changes the
> normal function keys f1-12 into something else. ?If I run xev to see
> what the keys send in the "not" function mode, some of them don't work
> at all. ?How can a key not produce any events?
> Anyway I discovered this alternate mode the hard way, it got turned on
> by accident an I though I had trashed my keyboard somehow so I bought a
> new one. ?Eventually the new one did the same thing and I got to looking
> at the funny lights and discovered this "feature" (?).
> So what's it for? ?What good is it if it doesn't send any events?
> Thanks,
> Jim.
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