Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Oct 2012 14:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, one of its most prominent and most controversial features was the on-screen keyboard. In as world dominated by devices with physical keyboards, it was seen as a joke, something that could never work. We know better by now, of course, but while I still prefer the physical feel and clicks of a real keyboard, a recent new endeavour of mine has made me appreciate the on-screen keyboard in a whole new way.
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RE[2]: Not only that..
by zima on Thu 1st Nov 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Not only that.."
zima
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The QWERT(Z/Y) layout may be suboptimal, but it is established in a way that most keyboards have a layout comparable to the "standard EN/US layout" that makes nearly any keyboard quickly usable. The idea is: "It works the same everywhere."

Don't believe too much the people who claim QWERT(Z/Y) to be "suboptimal" and so on. Because, for example, many of them are proponents of Dvorak - a position which has some... issues: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dvorak_Simplified_Keyboard#Controversy
Some others are just trying to sell something (like "really ergonomic" keyboards)

So it's likely safe to say that QWERTY is not really suboptimal - certainly, yes, to the world at large (while Dvorak for example is supposedly meant for one specific language; my 1st language doesn't even really have its Dvorak layout yet; my 2nd language has two semi-official Dvorak layouts...)


BTW, it's probably "the standard Chinese layout" by now ;P
1. they manufacture most of them after all
2. it seems that the PRC & its vast population actually uses a standard QWERTY, physically; which is not entirely uncommon, Poland also does it in practice (hypothetically we have our own layout, but it's mostly ignored when it comes to computer keyboards) - the right Alt acts as AltGr to obtain ęóąśłżźćń.

PS. Tablets can have some for of tactile feedback already. Some phones do have it - using the built in vibration device (and I imagine several of them working in unison could fool our senses in some curious ways, especially if the device was also detecting how it is held - for example with some array of low-resolution capacitance sensors, on its case)

Edited 2012-11-02 00:18 UTC

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