Ya: keyboard layout
nebajoth at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 19:36:36 EDT 2010
How about using the Qi button as a Compose key? This would kill two
birds with one stone. :P I've been toying around with keymaps quite a
bit lately, and this has occurred to me as well.
On 07/14/2010 06:13 PM, Werner Almesberger wrote:
> I find the keyboard layout pretty nice for such a small device.
> However, I think a few improvements could be made:
> - consider removing the Qi button. There are several reasons for this.
> First of all, it may tempt developers into actually using it,
> immediately creating an application that can only be ported to
> platforms that have a similar vanity button. Second, I doesn't seem
> to do anything right now anyway. (But see below.) Third, once it's
> gone, you can ...
> - enlarge the space bar. Not only does it feel weird to have it so
> small, but it also stops acting as a visual reference on the
> - are arrow-A (raised "o"), arrow-S (horizontal ":"), arrow-D (EUR),
> and arrow-comma (the non-ASCII "'") really necessary ? I.e., if
> turning them into dead-keys so that an accented "e" could be typed
> as arrow-comma followed by E, would that be more convenient than
> the common apostroph followed by E ?
> - remove Caps Lock
> - we still have a lot of modifiers. The arrow could disappear with
> the following changes:
> - remove the blue digits
> - send <, >, and ~ to the 1st or 2nd row
> - push everything that's red now in the Q and A rows down one row
> - use the ten buttons of the Q row for red-1 through red-0
> - remove the arrow and color fn red
> - maybe better, use blue instead of red. At least I find the blue
> much easier to read under dim light than the red.
> - if marketing insists on a vanity button, resurrect it where the
> red arrow has been
> Note that an extra modifier could be put to use for "Compose" or
> "Cycle". Compose would be an alternative to dead-keys. Instead of
> ['] wait [E] -> accented e, you'd hold [Compose], then type [']
> [E], release [Compose]. Cycle would be the cell-phone-like
> cycling through a list of characters. E.g., when pressing [E]
> while holding [Cycle], you'd get e-acute, e-aigu, e-grave, etc.
> - maybe send "= +" somewhere else (with Caps Lock dead, we now
> have room in the 2nd row) and enlarge Enter
> I think it could also be desirable to get rid of the function keys,
> to keep the keyboard more compact and more regular, but I haven't
> figured out how, without either bringing back a modifier or making
> more drastic changes, such as rearranging the cursor keys.
> - Werner
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