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    Dreymar's EPKL - Activate Extend-Layer with toggle?

    • Started by Bernd
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    • Registered: 16-Mar-2023
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    Hi,

    Regarding to Dreymar's EPKL.
    Is there any way to activate - deactivate the extend layer, just by toggling the ext.key?

    Like the behaviour of the default caps-key > On - Off.

    So you don't have to hold the ext.key down while using the layer.

    Thanks in advance.
    B

    Last edited by Bernd (16-Mar-2023 20:39:35)
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    I've often considered making a state-lock (layer toggle) modifier for Extend, and you aren't the first one to ask, but so far I haven't seen enough of a point. For the normal nav/edit layer, I feel it wouldn't be an advantage as you need to move into and out of that layer all the time while using it. And my left hand pinky seems to rest comfortably on the Caps key whenever I use it for a sequence of keys.

    There's also the worry that such a modifier would confuse newbs. Vim pros are familiar with moving in and out of editor states, so to them a lockable Extend state would be second nature. But other users might get worried if they got into a state-locked Extend state by accident.

    Then again, some users might prefer to sequence in and out of the layer, I get that. For Linux you could quite easily make the level5 modifer a lock, and using two lv5 modifiers of the type I use in conjunction will lock/unlock the state. For Windows though, I'd have to make a new modifier type in EPKL and that'd take some coding.

    So unless I really see an excellent point to it, or get sponsored to do it or something, this may not happen for Windows anytime soon.

    Last edited by DreymaR (17-Mar-2023 10:46:46)

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    Hi Dreymar,
    Thanks for the clear reply.
    Greets
    B.

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    I am also trying to figure out how to activate - deactivate the extend layer, by toggling a key in Dreymar's EPKL.
    Since I use the numpad to write letters on the default and Shift layer, I plan to put the numbers on the extend layer of the numpad physical keys.
    I planned to keep Caps lock as hold, in as standard Dreymar's EPKL and have num lock toggle On - Off the extend layer.

    Last edited by FreqAm (19-Mar-2023 15:15:15)
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