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. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.


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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2013 @ 5:05pm

    chording...

    I still wonder why keyboards don't incorporate "chord" inputs like the court reporter systems do.

     

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    That One Guy (profile), May 8th, 2013 @ 5:22pm

    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.

     

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    mudlock (profile), May 8th, 2013 @ 5:41pm

    Sounds like 90% of the benefit of KALQ can be gotten with Dvorak (which, btw, puts Y with the other vowels.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2013 @ 6:02pm

    Re:

    The second idea is very viable, you just need to think outside the boners.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2013 @ 6:03pm

    Re: Re:

    I meant box, BOX! How does this thing turn box into boners?

     

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    6h3l46h, May 8th, 2013 @ 6:31pm

    QWERTY origins story is a myth.

    "was originally designed to prevent typewriter keys from jamming" -- this is incorrect.

    The researchers tracked the evolution of the typewriter keyboard alongside a record of its early professional users. They conclude that the mechanics of the typewriter did not influence the keyboard design. Rather, the QWERTY system emerged as a result of how the first typewriters were being used. Early adopters and beta-testers included telegraph operators who needed to quickly transcribe messages. However, the operators found the alphabetical arrangement to be confusing and inefficient for translating morse code. The Kyoto paper suggests that the typewriter keyboard evolved over several years as a direct result of input provided by these telegraph operators.


    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/05/the-lies-youve-been-told-about-the-origin- of-the-qwerty-keyboard/275537/

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 8th, 2013 @ 7:10pm

    I'd love a new layout for thumbs, except I imagine adoption would be killed by a single errant patent.

     

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    Wally (profile), May 8th, 2013 @ 7:30pm

    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.

     

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    Paul Renault (profile), May 9th, 2013 @ 3:22am

    "..all the vowels except for "y".."

    Thank you, Joyce!

    I've never understood the (American?) idea of "y" being a consonant...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2013 @ 3:30am

    Re: chording...

    Chording does not allow for hunt and peck keying, you need to practice and learn the chords to type at all.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2013 @ 3:57am

    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.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2013 @ 3:59am

    Re: "..all the vowels except for "y".."

    i is the vowel with the Y sound ;-)

    And its English not American.

     

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    Ninja (profile), May 9th, 2013 @ 4:12am

    Re:

    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 ;)

     

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    art guerrilla (profile), May 9th, 2013 @ 7:10am

    semi-off topic...

    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...

    grrr...
    *now* i can type in peace without inane 'suggestions', etc...

    art guerrilla
    aka ann archy
    eof

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2013 @ 7:27am

    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.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 9th, 2013 @ 7:58am

    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.

     

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