feature key

feature key

(Or "flower", "pretzel", "clover", "propeller", "beanie" (from propeller beanie), splat, "command key") The Macintosh modifier key with the four-leaf clover graphic on its keytop.

The feature key is the Mac's equivalent of a control key (and so labelled on some Mac II keyboards). The proliferation of terms for this creature may illustrate one subtle peril of iconic interfaces. Macs also have an "Option" modifier key, equivalent to Alt.

The cloverleaf-like symbol's oldest name is "cross of St. Hannes", but it occurs in pre-Christian Viking art as a decorative motif. In Scandinavia it marks sites of historical interest. An early Macintosh developer who happened to be Swedish introduced it to Apple. Apple documentation gives the translation "interesting feature".

The symbol has a Unicode character called "PLACE OF INTEREST SIGN" (U+2318), previously known as "command key".

The Swedish name of this symbol stands for the word "sev"ardhet" (interesting feature), many of which are old churches. Some Swedes report as an idiom for it the word "kyrka", cognate to English "church" and Scots-dialect "kirk" but pronounced /shir'k*/ in modern Swedish. Others say this is nonsense.

References in periodicals archive ?
The company's 100 percent certified organic cotton t-shirts, tanks and baby clothes feature key words such as "Bang" and "Dirty" on the front, with the explanation of a related social or environmental issue on the back.
The building will feature key design elements that serve to create a synergistic forum for dancers of all ages to learn, refine, and perform their distinguished craft.
The session, called Innovation and Accountability, will feature key elements of CIBC's strategic direction and a review of progress made to date.
Both McDATA's ED-5000 Director and Enterprise Fabric Connectivity (EFC) management software feature key benefits such as high availability and scalability for implementing server and storage consolidation in enterprise environments.
3 kW, and it will feature key redundant on-board systems to provide maximum operational security.
The Hitwise Data Center is updated monthly and will feature key data points and statistics on a market-by-market basis including:
The service will feature key game highlights and videos through Gotuit's exceptionally fast video playback, as well as the ability to "deep search" within each game for items such as top players and key plays.
Regular-fare BART ticketbacks will list the baseball telecast schedule and feature key players from the Athletics and Giants.
history, will feature key federal officials discussing the $100 billion reconstruction program, new federal programs and funding to prepare against future catastrophes and state and local officials providing details on reconstruction and preparedness contracts.
Additionally, Mi Negocio will continue to offer a combination of online services and community outreach including feature key articles from Time Inc publications including from FORTUNE, Business 2.
These meetings feature key executives and medical advisors bringing the company culture, and products to locations around the world increasing awareness, adding customers, and growing sales.