DailyDirt: Evolving The Touchscreen Keyboard
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The QWERTY keyboard layout, which was created around 1875, was originally designed to prevent typewriter keys from jamming. This was done by arranging letters that were most commonly used together farther apart. While the QWERTY layout is still used today, it may not be the best layout for virtual touchscreen keyboards, so there have been many efforts to design alternative keyboard layouts. Here are just a few examples.
- The new KALQ keyboard layout enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices. In the new layout, all the vowels except for “y” are placed in the area for the right thumb, while more keys are assigned to the left thumb. After a short amount of practice, users were able to type 34% faster with the KALQ keyboard than with a traditional QWERTY layout. [url]
- Minuum is a space-efficient, single-row keyboard layout that uses auto-correction algorithms to intelligently predict the words users are attempting to type. The traditional QWERTY order of letters is mostly in place to make it easier to transition from standard software keyboards, and the powerful predictive typing algorithms ensure accurate text entry.[url]
- IBM envisions a virtual keyboard that can adapt to each user’s unique typing style. The keyboard would gather data on the user’s typing habits and compile an “anatomical profile” of the user, which it would then use to subtly adapt the keyboard to the user. [url]
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Filed Under: dvorak, input devices, kalq, keyboard, minuum, qwerty, touchscreens, ui
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Comments on “DailyDirt: Evolving The Touchscreen Keyboard”
I still wonder why keyboards don’t incorporate “chord” inputs like the court reporter systems do.
Chording does not allow for hunt and peck keying, you need to practice and learn the chords to type at all.
Given there are entire websites dedicated to showcasing the awesome and often hilarious mistakes autocorrect causes, not too sure how viable that second idea is.
The second idea is very viable, you just need to think outside the boners.
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I meant box, BOX! How does this thing turn box into boners?
Well, try having naughty conversations with your gf in your smartphone with those predictive/auto correction/learning features enabled then send messages to other people. I double-check every single message I send 😉
Sounds like 90% of the benefit of KALQ can be gotten with Dvorak (which, btw, puts Y with the other vowels.)
QWERTY origins story is a myth.
“was originally designed to prevent typewriter keys from jamming” — this is incorrect.
Re: QWERTY origins story is a myth.
Sorry but you fail there sir.
Yes the keyboards layout was designed based on the results of how they were used. But the layout was designed to prevent keys from jamming, there are patents somewhere describing it.
Re: QWERTY origins story is a myth.
Just a bit of a nitpick here…Morse code is for someone who wants to tap out a message (SOS) in a table top or banging on a pipe.
But transcribing at a higher rate with a typewriter is actually called International Code.
Typing international code on a qwerty layout is very efficient. I did not know that a different keyboard had been in use prior to qwerty (learn something new everyday).
I got up to 25 wpm on a 1940’s typewriter listening to a standard key but others get way faster listening to standard or a speed key.
As to the jamming issues affecting the design layout, probably not. I can jam up an old typewriter real easy. Layout has nothing to do with it.
I’d love a new layout for thumbs, except I imagine adoption would be killed by a single errant patent.
You know what’s funny and ironic…the reason we have QWERTY and ZWRTY keyboards is to prevent letter jamming when a stamp is raised up…on typewriters…mind you it took about half a century to figure it out…but man I’ll be damned if I ever get forced to use or buy a keyboard that uses KALQ….what’s worse is that it’s placing one of the least used letters in the English language with some of the most heavily used ones. Faster be damned…we’re talking ease of use here to A) Prevent typewriter jams and B) Efficient letter use of the English alphabet….that’s why QWERTY is still pretty damn quick today.
"..all the vowels except for "y".."
Thank you, Joyce!
I’ve never understood the (American?) idea of “y” being a consonant…
Re: "..all the vowels except for "y".."
i is the vowel with the Y sound 😉
And its English not American.
until i turned all the auto-complete crap off, my tablet typing was driving me absolutely nuts: it would fucking INSIST, that, no, you obviously *meant* to type *this*, not what you actually typed, and keep on ‘correcting’ it even when i backspaced and re-typed the same thing…
*now* i can type in peace without inane ‘suggestions’, etc…
aka ann archy
I only want one change made to screen keyboards:
Please, please, please put the apostrophe on the same set as the letters. Don’t make me hit that stupid key swap button every time I want to type a contraction.