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@ and colon

The time has come to change the priority of some punctuation marks.
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I searched here, and the concept has been somewhat touched on, but specifically:

I think that the usage of the colon (careful now) is now more prevalent than that of the semi-colon. It should therefore switch places with the semi-colon and no longer require a shift depression to activate.

Furthermore, @ is used enough that it should be remapped to somewhere that does not require a 'shift'. Programmers may grumble, but I would suggest replacing the backslash with the @.

snikrepkire, Apr 21 2004

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       I demand they replace the lowercase z with an uppercase I. (yawn)
Worldgineer, Apr 21 2004

       Plenty of keyboards had/have @ as a regular key (i.e., not shifted). Buy a new keyboard and quit yer complainin'.
DrCurry, Apr 21 2004

       // It should...switch places with the semi-colon//   

       Methinks if you switched the keys, the ; would suddenly become more common again (due to typos)   

       Why they don't have two-pressable key keyboards yet? Then you could hit "," and "." together for a ";", and the colon could have its own key.
phundug, Apr 21 2004

       (presses : and ) simultaneously)
Worldgineer, Apr 21 2004

       [snikrepkire], for your real job are you one of those people in charge of changing the scientific names of things every few years?
bungston, Apr 21 2004

       [phundug] They do, they're called chording keyboards and I use one sometimes (FrogPad).
bristolz, Apr 21 2004

       Do they make 106-key chording keyboards? I know they make ones with only 10 keys or so, but that doesn't help when you want a "p" overstruck by a "%" and you want it now.
phundug, Apr 21 2004

       The MonoManus is a 144 key chording keyboard.
bristolz, Apr 21 2004

       Buy a Commodore 64. Then see if you can amaze your friends by writing a workable TCP/IP stack on it (should be possible, actually, if you get a 2400-baud modem). Let us know when you're done.
supercat, Apr 21 2004

       There is nothing wrong with my colon and the @ is also just fine.
kbecker, Apr 21 2004

       Shouldn't this be called @&:?
nilstycho, Apr 22 2004

       Suggested name: eBoard.
sartep, Apr 22 2004

       Suggested name: Don't read this.
yabba do yabba dabba, Apr 22 2004

       Oh...I thought this would be a domain for proctologists.
Salted Nuts, Apr 22 2004

Worldgineer, Apr 22 2004

       So this really should be called @&@.
FarmerJohn, Apr 22 2004

       Would this classify a "let's all ... "?   

       (I just read the rules today and I am trying to gauge how they apply and are applied)
Bamboo, Apr 22 2004

       I don't think it does [Bamboo], it is more an idea to increase the importance of the @ on a keyboard (by making it easier to type), as opposed to telling us all to consider @ more important in a general sense.
MikeOliver, Apr 22 2004


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