Posted Aug 6, 2010 15:25 UTC (Fri) by anselm
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Parent article: GUADEC: A message from the release team
Actually, Microsoft pinched these shortcuts from Apple. In Apple's original (mid-1980s) Human Interface Guidelines, there is an explanation of the rationale behind the shortcuts. One must admit that »Control-C« for »copy« does make a certain amount of sense, while the wedge-shaped letter »V« in »Control-V« is supposed to suggest squeezing something in at some point, hence »paste«. Doesn't seem all that stupid, now does it – unless you're carrying lots of Unix baggage in your head, where »Control-C« means »kill the current process«.
Now Apple may or may not have come up with these by themselves or they may have in turn adopted the usage from the Xerox Star, which inspired the Macintosh GUI by way of the Apple LISA (I wouldn't know), but in this particular instance Microsoft doesn't appear to be the culprit.
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