There should be a keyboard map button on the keyboard
that is grabbed and held on to very low in the operating system. This keyboard map button will tell you what your keyboard maps to (every key and combination) in your current context, and what your current context IS. Keyboard mapping cascades so strangely, and it all happens behind the scenes. I am getting frustrated by the fact that so many things can catch the keyboard and remap things to I don't even know what. I also get frustrated when I know
that there are bindings or hotkeys or what-have-you on some website (or even within a specific context within a specific website!) but I don't know what they are or how to even find out what they are. Perhaps my largest frustration is when I accidentally type something and get to some magic window that I love
but I don't know how I got there or how to get back to it!
Like when I am watching a youtube video "k" pauses and unpauses the video (but only when the tab is in focus, and no text boxes are selected). There are so many
situations where I don't know what my keyboard is "pointing at." There are so many
situations where my keyboard is simultaneously pointing at Many different things
. Like right now! I don't even know how to find out what Super-Q is "pointing at" right now except by pressing it.
And for all I know Super-Q is pointing at "DESTROY THE UNIVERSE!"
This feeling goes back to the very early years of computing when things like "Erase the Hard Drive irrevocably" could be mapped to some key combination. If you are old enough you remember "NO DON'T PRESS THAT ONE!" as a reality and a sort of a joke that permeated the culture in the late seventies, early eighties. And it has never been fixed in an appealing way. Right now to figure out what my keyboard is "pointing at" there is no way. The "method" is press keys that you hope are innocuous and see what happens. We mostly know that "g" is going to type a "g" somewhere for instance. And if we don't know "where the keyboard is" and we start hitting "gggggg" we will likely see "gggggg" burst onto the screen somewhere and say, "Oh! That's where I am!"
It's one of those things that we have lived with for so long that we don't realize there has got to be a better way!