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❦ All What ’ s Been Cookin ’ A few words for anyone following:     Lately I haven't been devoting the time to my Python projects. I've got a bigger responsibility looming right now that I've been worrying about and procrastinating from:     I'm trying to go...
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I'm looking for thoughts on this, are there any OS projects relating to keyboard interface? I know Linux users are broadly familiar with the peculiarities of vi, and the OS community broadly likes Blender's highly optimized keyboard input, so maybe there's thought an experimentation.
 
I'm looking for information and projects related to the design of keyboard input in the desktop space. Right now my interest is in part academic curiosity (how and why have computer keyboard layouts evolved), and in part I'm looking for projects that aim to improve the keyboard interface.

I'm interested in all projects and materials, including improved layout for efficiency or minimizing user error (eg. Programmer's Dvorak which moves brackets and parentheses to an easier to type position), alternative keyboard designs for ergonomics or special use (split-design, one-handed keyboards), and methods for typing special characters (dead keys, modifier keys, command sequences). I'm also interested in software and GUI solutions, such as keyboard macros, autocomplete, spellcheck, or systems such as the Kana-to-Kanji conversion system used on Japanese keyboards.

Re: Keyboard layouts, I'm aware of Dvorak's dedicated fan base; are there any rigorous studies into the Dvorak principles, or research into developing new alternative principles? What problems (besides relearning muscle memory) are there with alternative layouts you've tried, eg. switching CapsLock and Ctrl?

If you have answers or are also interested, I'd appreciate if you upvote my Stack Overflow question, so I can maybe get more eyes on this. 
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I don't believe that's true, but even if it were, so what? The Fn key is a recent addition. Volume controls are new to keyboards. Until 20 years ago, computers often placed the Ctrl key where we now have the CapsLock key. There's room for changing hardware, to an extent. But honestly, hardware changes are the least of my interests.
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So, thought for consideration. I know UX and design are generally the last thought on a Linux user's mind (zing!), but here's a thing worth thinking about:

So for some bullshit reason, it's super hard to type special characters on computers. The common answer is "use ASCII shortcuts" but that's super stupid because it requires four keystrokes and moving your hand off of the home position to type an é.

Most people aren't familiar with the US-International keyboard layout, which allows users to type sequences like ', e to type é, and to use the Alt-Gr key to type special characters like € and «», but it breaks the normal keyboard paradigm by changing certain keys from inputting characters to inputting functions (', ", `, ~ are all turned into functions that have to be followed by an argument to determine what character they output).

MacOS of course has the more accessible option key for special characters, but it's limited in scope.

iOS and other virtual keyboards possibly have the best solution, where it's possible to press-and-hold a key to enable other input options (holding $ provides the options ¢, ₩, ¥, £, €), which makes a lot more sense than the never-ever-ever useful PC alternative where holding a key makes it input the character a million times, but this works well on virtual keyboards because the user never has to lift her hands from the typing position because the keyboard is a good input for selection.

Are there any good contemporary keyboards that have addressed the special character problem? When can I finally stop being lazy and just type “curly quotes” like a civilized human?
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+Joshua Larkin I <3 programmer's Dvorak. Its my standard layout. 
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Picking Up Python: Lists, Lists, and Lists of Lists, Chapter.005.blend
Alright, here we are to finally actually do the thing I said I was going to do for a while. Gonna try and write me some new code! But baby steps, folks. This is still going to be a small update, even though it's been like a week since I updated last. Whatch...
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Picking Up Python, Sack Butt, Chapter.003.blend
Back from a little hiatus of not-pounding-my-skull-against-the-wall, ready to look at the problem again with fresh eyes. At least for a few hours, until I'm overwhelmed with garbage and need to rest again.     At this point, I'm taking teeny-tiny baby steps...
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Picking up Python: Gulp and Chew, Chapter.002.blend
To start my post for today, let me explain the procedure of my program I've settled on for now. It's not too complicated, because it only adds new geometry instead of transforming existing geometry (which I have no idea how I would do): Take the selected ge...
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This is less directly related to the art and business of writing, but it's pertinent: When you write on your computer, do you use any special keyboard or software to help you write better? For example, when you want to type diacritics like í and ë, or nonstandard characters like æ, ¡, or £, what do you do? Do you use an alternative keyboard layout like Dvorak, or do you use a keyboard that moves the parentheses to an easier-to-type location? I'm interested in technology to improve typing, but I haven't found much information, so I figured writers might have some thoughts.
 
I'm looking for information and projects related to the design of keyboard input in the desktop space. Right now my interest is in part academic curiosity (how and why have computer keyboard layouts evolved), and in part I'm looking for projects that aim to improve the keyboard interface.

I'm interested in all projects and materials, including improved layout for efficiency or minimizing user error (eg. Programmer's Dvorak which moves brackets and parentheses to an easier to type position), alternative keyboard designs for ergonomics or special use (split-design, one-handed keyboards), and methods for typing special characters (dead keys, modifier keys, command sequences). I'm also interested in software and GUI solutions, such as keyboard macros, autocomplete, spellcheck, or systems such as the Kana-to-Kanji conversion system used on Japanese keyboards.

Re: Keyboard layouts, I'm aware of Dvorak's dedicated fan base; are there any rigorous studies into the Dvorak principles, or research into developing new alternative principles? What problems (besides relearning muscle memory) are there with alternative layouts you've tried, eg. switching CapsLock and Ctrl?

If you have answers or are also interested, I'd appreciate if you upvote my Stack Overflow question, so I can maybe get more eyes on this. 
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There are some people who claim that switching to a Dvorak keyboard got rid of their hand and wrist problems as well, but there is a huge learning curve for Dvorak because it is a completely different keyboard layout from QWERTY, which most people have already spent a lifetime using.
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I'm looking for information and projects related to the design of keyboard input in the desktop space. Right now my interest is in part academic curiosity (how and why have computer keyboard layouts evolved), and in part I'm looking for projects that aim to improve the keyboard interface.

I'm interested in all projects and materials, including improved layout for efficiency or minimizing user error (eg. Programmer's Dvorak which moves brackets and parentheses to an easier to type position), alternative keyboard designs for ergonomics or special use (split-design, one-handed keyboards), and methods for typing special characters (dead keys, modifier keys, command sequences). I'm also interested in software and GUI solutions, such as keyboard macros, autocomplete, spellcheck, or systems such as the Kana-to-Kanji conversion system used on Japanese keyboards.

Re: Keyboard layouts, I'm aware of Dvorak's dedicated fan base; are there any rigorous studies into the Dvorak principles, or research into developing new alternative principles? What problems (besides relearning muscle memory) are there with alternative layouts you've tried, eg. switching CapsLock and Ctrl?

If you have answers or are also interested, I'd appreciate if you upvote my Stack Overflow question, so I can maybe get more eyes on this. 
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No time wasted! I'm on vacation and I think this is the hobby project I'm going to take up when I get back home for work. I've been trying to learn programming anyway, this seems like as good a project as any to pursue. I would love to know more about any software solutions, though it looks like solutions are limited.

I wonder if hardware is really that much of a limiting factor. I mean, I hear Dvorak and QWERTY and AZERTY are extremely difficult to switch between, but it takes a matter of minutes for me to switch between Windows and MacOS keyboards, which do use slightly different layouts (esp. For shortcuts). However, I stumble continuously over US-International, which uses the same standard layout, but uses a slightly different interface with its dead keys.
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Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"
<click>

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!
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Picking Up Python: For Example, Chapter.004.blend
Back already, this time to pump out another few lines of code instead of navel-gazing over my own comprehension of Python and Blender's data structure. This time, I'm going to get something done, by golly. But first     As mentioned in my last post, I read ...
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Picking up Python: A Blender Adventure, Chapter.001.blend
If you've been wondering what I've been up to and why I haven't been posting, you've been doing a much better job remembering that I have a blog than I have. The short of it is, I live in France right now and I haven't made much worth showing off or talking...
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