Vivaldi Tablet

Mike Jeays mike.jeays at
Thu Mar 29 01:45:04 UTC 2012

On Wed, 28 Mar 2012 18:24:40 -0600
Chad Perrin <perrin at> wrote:

> 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: ]
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I saw a demo of a device about 30 years ago that you held in one hand. It had about five buttons positioned under your fingers, and various combinations would produce all the regular characters. They claimed you could learn to use it in a few hours, and would be as fast as a typist. It didn't survive, and I can't remember what it was called. I thought it was a great invention - shows how wrong one can be.

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