A softkey is a key on a device which can have context-sensitive or user-programmable functions, but generally it just means it has more than one function. Unlike letters on the keyboard and number keys on cell phones which cannot be reprogrammed and are therefore considered as hard keys, softkeys can change function. One example of softkeys is the...
This device hearkens back to the time of the Commodore and the Atari, when a machine's fundamental controls were not hidden by windows and other dressed-up interfaces.
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