10 Replies Latest reply: May 1, 2012 8:22 AM by alanfromhampstead
Greg Robinson1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

Thinks have advanced at my job that I can start using my iPad 2 for work related stuff. However, it requires I use Telnet (don't laugh!) and the Telnet session heavily relies on the "Esc" key... and the "Esc" key doesn't exist on the virtual keyboard!

 

So, my questions...

 

1. Is the "Esc" there somewhere already and I just don't know?

2. If I have to go to a bluetooth keyboard, can anyone tell me if the Belkin Keyboard Folio has an "Esc" key? I can't tell from the screenshots.*

 

Thanks!

 

* I tried asking Belkin directly, but you need an account and their server to setup  an account doesn't seem to be repsonding.


iPad 2, iOS 5.0.1
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (37,585 points)

    Can't say about the Belkin but the Apple keyboards have an esc key.

     

    Three levels of virtual keyboards but none have an esc key that I have found.

     

    Have you tried manually entering the ASCI code for esc?

     

    I seem to remember there being another character Telnet would accept, ] rings a bell.

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (37,585 points)

    Here is an ASCII code table that contains the ESC code.

     

    Are you using a special form of Telnet?  Found my telnet notes from many years ago and there weren't any uses for ESC at that time.

  • Greg Robinson1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I like the Belkin because it folds-up inside the case. I have my eye on other keyboards if someone can confirm the Belkin doesn't have the key, but I'm still hoping someone can confirm the Belkin does have the key.

     

    I must be using a special form of Telnet. ESC is used to back-up through a menu system. I don't need to use it if I select something in the menu, but if I entered the menu by mistake then I use ESC to go to the previous menu.

     

    Thanks for the table. At the risk of sounding dumb... how do I enter the ASCII code in Telnet?

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (37,585 points)

    What USED to work, is alt+the ASCII code number.

     

    You might talk to your IT or sys admin and see what your system is using since it uses the esc key and may be different in that respect also.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,660 points)

    What app are you using to do Telnet?

  • Greg Robinson1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Mocha Telnet Lite... and I just noticed that the full version has it's own virtual keyboard WITH an ESC key.

     

    $5.99 is cheaper than the Belkin option

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,660 points)

    Greg Robinson1 wrote:

     

    Mocha Telnet Lite... and I just noticed that the full version has it's own virtual keyboard WITH an ESC key.

     

    $5.99 is cheaper than the Belkin option

     

    Yes, looks like upgrading would be a possible fix.

     

    http://mochasoft.dk/iphone_telnet.htm

  • Greg Robinson1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Still... that's a lot of screen real estate lost. I'd still be interested in the Belkin if anyone knows about the ESC key.

  • jjbpmp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The Belkin Folio for iPad2 does not have an escape key. The 'Special Keys' pdf on the Belkin site is incorrect; the ESC key is now a Lock function. Other than this missing key, the keyboard is more than acceptable, although a bit heavy. Bluetooth pairing is quick and flawless, nice responsiveness, and the keys are a good size. I'm happy with it but not having an 'ESC' key is inconvient at times.

     

    I use PocketCloud Pro for access to Windows, AIX and terminal servers and it works well. Even the 'ESC' key.

  • alanfromhampstead Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I've got a similar issue using the ZaggFolio case and BT keyboard. I use iSSH to access my servers and find that the lack of a dedicated ESC key (for Vi and Emacs) is a hinderence.

     

    Luckily, since I'm a /really/ old guy I remember that CTRL-[ is the chord for ESC. This works on any keyboard that has a CTRL key.

     

    A larger issue with the Zagg keyboard is that some CTRL chords insert extra characters. The behavior seems to be inconsistent and I'm still working out when and why.