perrin at apotheon.com
Thu Mar 29 00:24:41 UTC 2012
On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 04:24:51PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 09:19:54AM -0600, Chad Perrin wrote:
> > I think learning a chording keyboard is going to be much more of an
> > obstacle than using a QWERTY keyboard, considering you can hunt-and-peck
> > on a QWERTY keyboard, but you have to know the chords to do anything on a
> > chording keyboard.
> i dont have a clue what a chording keybd is; will google
> after a long nap1 also, i have lost track of who posted the
> 'fentek' page, but that is where i got my present mine.
A chording keyboard is a keyboard or other button-press interface with
fewer keys so it can fit on a smaller device, where many keycodes are
gotten by way of combining presses of multiple keys rather than a single
key as on a standard QWERTY keyboard. Thus, for instance, where on a
QWERTY keyboard you get a capital A by holding the Shift key and pressing
the A key, you might on a chording keyboard also get a lower-case A by
holding down some key and pressing another key. This works for keyboards
with fewer keys because there are many potential combinations of keys
that could be used; if all keycodes are achieved by a two-button "chord",
all the keys on a standard 101-key keyboard, plus all Alt-, Shift-, and
Ctrl-chord keycodes, could be simulated by a mere twenty keys.
Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: http://owl.apotheon.org ]
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