Re: Alphabetical Ordered Keyboard
zootle <zootle <at> yahoo.co.uk>
2008-03-27 23:13:26 GMT
I think that the point about the grandmother is that there are still
people out there who haven't come to grips with computers (believe it
or not). My father is one - although in his case I have no doubt that
he will remain ignorant of computers till the day he dies.
Anyone who has had zero experience of keyboards but has learnt
the 'abc' - most if not all English speakers - would find hunting-and-
pecking on an alphabetically arranged keyboard much easier than a
QWERTY. And given that it has been shown (e.g. at
http://www.mwbrooks.com/dvorak/counts.html) that an alpha layout is
no worse than an QWERTY, there's no harm done if that person isn't
likely to use more than a single computer.
When we English-speakers, at least in my neck of the woods (England)
are taught the alphabet, it is reinforced by means of a rhyme that
Therefore it would make sense to me to have the line breaks at these
And so, with the help of MSKLC (Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator,
http://www.microsoft.com/globaldev/tools/msklc.mspx) I made a
keyboard layout that has this format.
If interested, you can get it here:
--- In altkeyboards <at> yahoogroups.com, "pbrun01" <pbrun01 <at> ...> wrote:
> I'm not familiar with that software, so I can't offer an opinion on
> its functionality.
> That said, I think the topic of purely alphabetically arranged
> keyboards has come up before here. I don't think that arrangement
> keys would offer any benefit over qwerty in terms of ease of use,
> economy of finger movement, etc. It would probably be worse to
> over from qwerty to an alphabetical arrangement because at least
> qwerty there is an element of familiarity.
> I'm not sure why the grandmother mentioned in the text would have
> easier time emailing with this arrangement of keys. Presumably a
> grandmother would be fully familiar with the qwerty keyboard.
> Even "hunt-and-peck" typists would have an easier time with qwerty
> that's all they have ever hunted and pecked on.
> --- In altkeyboards <at> yahoogroups.com, "koshkinsoft" <koshkinsoft <at> >
> > What do you think about this program http://www.comfort-
> > software.com/alphabetical-ordered-keyboard.html ?
> > With this program we can make not only alphabetical ordered
> > but any layout (without having to buy a new keyboard :).