Left ALT key not working (right is)

November 18, 2010 at 09:07:14
Specs: AIX (via EOD on Windows XP)
Can anyone tell me what I need to do to enable the left hand ALT key to perform all of the normal ALT key functions? I am working through an Exceed On Demand (EOD) window and editing on an AIX (Unix-like) machine. The right hand side ALT key works as expected, but the left hand side ALT key does not.

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#1
November 18, 2010 at 09:16:04
To clarify, this is regarding the VE editor.

I tried to place this attached to another thread on the VE editor but it didn't take there and posted individually.


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#2
November 18, 2010 at 09:16:13

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#3
November 18, 2010 at 10:35:44
:-) Keyboard is fine. This keyboard ALT key works with other apps just fine. But I did get a good laugh, so thanks for that!

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#4
November 18, 2010 at 12:25:34
Some X Windows clients let you configure your Alt keys. It could be yours is set up to send the left Alt key to the X Windows server, while the right Alt gets sent to Windows.

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#5
November 18, 2010 at 12:33:23
I have a .Xdefaults file in my root directory that has some VE editor configuration info, such as:

ve.EnterAction: insertline
ve.Ctrl-EnterAction: insertline

Any idea how to define the left Alt key to perform the same function as the right ALT?


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#6
November 18, 2010 at 12:45:08
Nope (never used your X Windows client), but the configuration option would be on the client (Windows) side, not server (AIX) side.

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#7
November 18, 2010 at 13:18:12
The problem is not with the Windows side. I can call the VE editor on my laptop and use the left (and right) ALT key fine. I use Exceed on Demand (EOD) from my laptop to open an AIX client window, get an "aixterm" window session, and then invoke the VE editor to edit a file and the left ALT key does nothing. So what I need, I believe, is a way to set up the left ALT key to perform in the same manner as the right ALT key. Based on the configuration of certain other VE editor functions in the .Xdefaults file, I am fairly certain that I need to include something in that file to get my desired result. What I need is the mystery.

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#8
February 3, 2011 at 10:03:01
Exceed on Demand allows you to define mapping of each your ALT keys to either Windows or your X server. By default, left ALT is sent to Windows, left ALT is sent to X. You can edit the settings by going editing your Xconfig file with the Xconfig Manager. Under the Input tab, there is a setting "Windows Modifier Behavior" where you can send both ALT to WIndows or X, or split the actions up.

I would suggest keeping one ALT key available for Windows, if you don't use it as frequenly, just swap the setting to left ALT for X, right ALT for Windows.


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