alternate key


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alternate key

[′ȯl·tər·nət ‚kē]
(computer science)
A key on a computer keyboard that does not itself generate a character but changes the nature of the character generated by another key when depressed simultaneously with it; similar to the control and shift keys. Abbreviated ALT key.
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There is a time and a place for both, and you can always create an alternate key for natural keys if a surrogate is used as the primary key.

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