Ya: keyboard layout

Werner Almesberger werner at openmoko.org
Wed Jul 14 21:12:59 EDT 2010

nebajoth wrote:
> How about using the Qi button as a Compose key?  This would kill two
> birds with one stone. :P

Yes, that would work. The location is still a bit inconvenient,
because a double-width space bar occupying the Qi location would
have a more "normal" placement than one occupying the arrow

Here's a comparison of some space bar placements:

			Width	From	To	Center	Reference
-----------------------	-------	-------	-------	------	---------
Standard PC keyboard	6	D, C	K, M+1	G|H	[1]
HHKB			6	D, C	K, M+1	G|H	[2]
OQO 01			2	G, B	H, N	G|H	[3]
Fujitsu U1010		2	G, V	H|J, N	G|H/H	[4]
Sony C1			4.5	F, C	K, M	G|H/H	[5]
Rii Mini		3	H, N	K, M+1	J	[6]
Zaurus C1000		2	F, V	G, B	F|G	[7]
Psion S5		4	D, C	J, N	G	[8]

Ben			1	G, V	G, V	G
Ben with space on Qi	2	G, V	H, B	G|H
Ben with space on arrow	2	F, C	G, V	F|G

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_PC_keyboard
[2] http://www.pfusystems.com/hhkeyboard/leaflet/hairetu.html
[3] http://the-gadgeteer.com/assets/oqo-11.jpg
[4] http://prasys.co.cc/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/overall.jpg
[5] http://www.danchan.com/feature/2000/11/10/picturebook/DSCN0152.JPG
[6] http://www.meritline.com/images/product/large/267-189.jpg
[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sharp_Zaurus_SL-C1000_--_open_1280x960.jpg
[8] http://pdadb.net/img/psion_s5.jpg

Oh, and I forgot one keyboard issue: the power button. It's much
smaller than the hole it goes into, it's off-center, and it has
shiny metal underneath, so it's easy to see that it's off-center.
This makes it look incredibly shoddy, not doing the rest of the
device justice.

- Werner

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