Talk:Backspace

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CRT displays?[edit]

The article currently says: "Of course, ever since moving to CRT displays, backspace composition no longer works.". Shouldn't this say something about moving to digital computers instead, because the monitor doesn't seem really related to what the article covers. The typwriter-to-computer thing is the important change. Right? Retodon8 13:52, 24 June 2006 (UTC)

Ever seen a teletypewriter? EdC 12:01, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

"one recent usage"[edit]

I removed this bit:

One recent usage of the BackSpace was a disaster. A ten million record ASCII file seemed to stop early, after just a few records. It seems that people wanted to spell Munoz with the tilda over the n, but did not know that it was alt-241. They saw that ~ was Alt-126 and probably backspaced to put it in. Good try, but no cigar. They were sloppy and put in ALT-026 which is DOS for EOF (End-Of-File).

Specifically, I have two small issues with this: It doesn't provide any source at all ("one recent usage"...?) - we're not supposed to cover anecdotes unless they're covered in some reputable source, which might indicate this thing is a bit more well known. Dropping random anecdotes here is original research. And, the thing is not actually about backspace at all, but how DOS handles EOF character. --wwwwolf (barks/growls) 18:39, 11 September 2006 (UTC)

backspace to type accented letters[edit]

"In typewriters, a typist would, for example, type a lowercase letter A with acute accent (á) by typing a lowercase letter A, backspace and then the acute accent key (also known as overstrike)."

Uhmm... I remember the method was to type first the accent and then the letter. You had to backspace only when you did forget to type the accent on time. Isn't it? --euyyn 20:51, 15 March 2007 (UTC)

Ctrl- H in Wikipedia[edit]

I am one of those who still likes to use ctrl-H for backspace. Wikipedia somehow magically disables my normal keybinding and maps ctrl-h to the Wikipeida page history. Does anyone know how to disable this? Sanpitch (talk) 04:24, 17 March 2009 (UTC)

LOL[edit]

That has to be the prettiest photo of a backspace key I've ever seen! :) SharkD (talk) 05:53, 17 May 2009 (UTC)

I saw it and thought WTF?110.32.34.98 (talk) 04:05, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

I love the photo and caption. I do hope nobody deletes it. 131.111.248.101 (talk) 09:12, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

I agree with all of the above. :) --Gwern (contribs) 20:50 23 January 2011 (GMT)

Indeed. Hopefully some smug wikipedian editor with a serious power issue (and they exist by the thousands) doesn't come along this page. Avindratalk / contribs 01:29, 24 January 2011 (UTC)

Unfortunately, your prediction came true. =( Manocheese (talk) 21:34, 25 August 2011 (UTC)

Yes, it's frustrating. And the image is WTF in a bad way now. --79.232.120.59 (talk) 20:37, 21 July 2012 (UTC)

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\b redirected here, but is not explained in the article. (Now a disambiguation page, but still.) -- Beland (talk) 01:34, 26 June 2013 (UTC)