“At its worst, it is a waste of valuable space, an aggravation, a solution to a problem that does not exist any more,” complains Daniel Colin James, a writer, programmer, product director. In a recent Moderate essay, he called the Caps Lops key”an unnecessary holdover from a time when typewriters were the bleeding edge of consumer technology” — as well as contacted the man who invented the Caps Lock key (Doug Kerr, who had been a Bell Labs phone engineer in the 1960s)I reached out to Doug about his invention, and he responded that although he uses Caps Lock regularly,”we do not frequently today have a motive to type addresses in all caps, that had been the context in which the need for its key original manifested itself to me.”

I’d go a step further, and say that most of us don’t often have a reason to type anything in all caps today… [A] toggle with exactly the same performance could easily be activated in many of different ways for those who really want to write things in all capital letters. (Say, as an instance, double tapping the Shift key, like the way that it works in your phone.) Caps Lock is one of the largest keys on a modern computer keyboard, and it is in one of the greatest spots — right next to the home row. It’s taking up prime property, and it’s not paying its rent.

You are not alone. Accidentally activating Caps Lock is such a relatable error that it is the introductory example for a research paper concerning accessibility issues with contemporary computer ports. Caps Lock is so often engaged accidentally that password fields in software need to incorporate a”Caps Lock is on” warning.

But perhaps it comes down to customers. In the event that you were searching for a computer and have been advised that it shipped with no Caps Lock key — are you more or less inclined to purchase it?

Share your own ideas in the comments. Is it time to eliminate the Caps Lock key?