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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Customized layout
by PieterGen on Fri 26th Oct 2012 11:08 UTC
PieterGen
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2012-01-13

There is a customized keyboard layouts world, with websites such as
http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/carpalx/
http://deskthority.net/
http://mathematicalmulticore.wordpress.com/the-keyboard-layout-proj...
www.colemak.com
http://www.adnw.de/

I learned that a theoretical optimal keyboard takes into account:
- my hands (lenght, strength, mobility of individual fingers, individual preferences);
- the sort of things I type (words, numbers, code)
- the language(s) I type in
- the sort of keyboard I use (on screen, or physical, size..)

So theoretically I would use keyboard A when I type posts on an english languages tech board; keyboard B when I write a Spanish e-mail and keyboard C when I write a novel in Dutch.

The problem is that I might need tens of keyboards, all of which I would have to learn. A compromise would be to optimize against a mix of tasks, say 20% posts on forums in English, 50% numbers, 20% code and 10% novel writing in Dutch. OTAH, if my mix would change (say, I would become a novelist full time), my keyboard would be sub-optimal.

The weakness of Qwerty is that often used letters are far apart. For Swype this is good. Dvorak, Colemak and other layouts put often used letters closer together, but this leads to confusion in Swype....

A practical solution is (I think) to have 2-3 keyboards. For instance a QWERTY-Swype keyboard for onscreen and a Dvorak (or custom layout) for laptop.

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