Defending the rodent (was Re: Defending the Python lanuage...)
quinn at hurl.ugcs.caltech.edu
Mon Feb 4 23:21:33 CET 2002
On Mon, 04 Feb 2002 06:19:25 GMT, Jacob Kaplan-Moss <jacobkm at cats.ucsc.edu>
>In article <mailman.1012606383.28987.python-list at python.org>,
>James_Althoff at i2.com wrote:
>> Of course, if Douglas Englebart had had his way, this would all be moot.
>> Englebart -- who invented the computer mouse -- didn't like moving his hand
>> off the keyboard either. So for his famous NLS system he devised a
>> one-handed "chording" keypad on which he typed (all characters) using his
>> left hand while manipulating the mouse with his right. Decades later he
>> still maintained that this is *the* way to do it. :-)
>Have you ever tried a chording keyboard? It's absolutely amazing; I can
>type about twice as fast on a chording keyboard as I can on a QWERTY one
>(although I probably couldn't now -- I haven't used one for years).
Really? Intuitively it seems to me that they'd be slower. Even pianists can't
play a vertical figure nearly as quickly as a horizontal one, and I'm not even
a pianist. I suppose if you used a chording "macro" keyboard you could
potentially go quicker, but *twice* as fast as on qwerty seems to indicate that
maybe you were a poor qwerty touch-typer back then :)
I've seen blind people chunking away at chording braille typewriters, and they
go at quite a clip, but the actual letters come out pretty slowly.
>Jacob (who now wants to get his circa 1990 serial chording keyboard to
>work with his palm for taking notes in class)
I noticed that there are some places online selling them. Tend to be
expensive, but someday I mean to try one.
My old idea for an ideal "keyboard" was a glove that responds to finger and
wrist twitches. The you could chord those, stick your hands in a tub of hot
water, put your feet up in the air, and kiss RSI goodbye.
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