pep 8 constants

Rhodri James rhodri at
Sun Jul 5 17:47:25 EDT 2009

On Fri, 03 Jul 2009 15:52:31 +0100, MRAB <python at>  

> Eric S. Johansson wrote:
>> Horace Blegg wrote:
>>> I've been kinda following this. I have a cousin who is permanently  
>>> wheel
>>> chair bound and doesn't have perfect control of her hands, but still
>>> manages to use a computer and interact with society. However, the
>>> idea/thought of disabled programmers was new to me/hadn't ever occurred
>>> to me.
>>> You say that using your hands is painful, but what about your feet?
>>> Wouldn't it be possible to rig up some kind of foot peddle for
>>> shift/caps lock? Kinda like the power peddle used with sowing machines,
>>> so the hands are free to hold fabric.
>>> I don't mean this in a condescending manor, and I apologize if you take
>>> it as such. I'm genuinely curious if you think something like this  
>>> could
>>> work.
>>> The way I was envisioning it working last night (and I haven't the
>>> faintest clue how SR works, nor have I ever used SR) was that you would
>>> hit the foot peddle, which would tell the SR program to capitalize the
>>> first letter of the next word (a smart shift, basically, so you don't
>>> end up doing something like ... WONderland -or- "stocks are up 1,0))%
>>> TOday".)
>>> Possible? Stupid?
>> it's not stupid.
>>  People have used foot pedals for decades for a variety of controls. I  
>> don't
>> think foot pedals would work for me because when I am dictating, I pace.
>> Standing, sitting, I pace. With a cord headset, I'm forced to stay  
>> within about
>> 4 feet of the computer. But what I'm using a Bluetooth headset, I will  
>> sometimes
>> ramble as far as 10 or 15 feet from the computer. It helps if I make  
>> the font
>> larger so I can glance over and see what kind of errors I've gotten.
>>  I really love a Bluetooth headset with speech recognition. It's so  
>> liberating.
>>  Your question about foot pedals makes me think of alternative. would  
>> it make
>> sense to have a handheld keyboard which would be used for  
>> command-and-control
>> functionality or as an adjunct to speech recognition use? It would have  
>> to be
>> designed in such a way that it doesn't aggravate a hand injury which  
>> may not be
>> possible. Anyway, just thinking out loud.
> You can get giant piano keyboards that you step on, so how about a giant
> computer keyboard? "I wrote 5 miles of code before lunch!" :-)

You can get/make MIDI organ pedal-boards (a friend of mine has two).  From
there it's just one small step...

Rhodri James *-* Wildebeest Herder to the Masses

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