Unlike OpenWindows applications, CDE applications use mnemonics, or memorable key combinations, to enable you to select menu items without using the mouse. Mnemonics for a menu item are indicated by an underlined letter in the menu item name, such as the letter F in the File menu in File Manager. You activate a menu by pressing the Alt key and the underlined key, for example Alt+F to activate the File menu in File Manager.
As with OpenWindows, CDE supports the standard keyboards supplied with SunTM WorkstationsTM. For keyboards on IA-based systems, you need to use special key combinations, such as Control+Alt for the Meta key, to emulate keys not provided.
|Task or Feature||OpenWindows Method||CDE Method|
|To access a menu||Point and click||
Point and click the mouse.
Use keyboard mnemonics (Alt+underlined _key)
|To switch the focus from one application window to another||Click on the window||Click on the window, or press Alt+Tab repeatedly until the window has the focus|
|Key mappings||OpenWindows defaults||CDE defaults (same as OpenWindows defaults)|
|Delete key||Deletes previous character||Deletes next character|