Date: Tue Jun 16, 1998 4:42
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: Sinister SignWriters and mixed up keyboards
>The Fingerspelling Keyboards require "no new typing skills". If you can
>type English or another spoken language, then you can type with the
>Fingerspelling Keyboards - when you type"A" you get the symbol for "A" in
>fingerspelling etc. - it is easy to type.
I have a question here. Do you really map the new symbol to the Ascii
character or to the physical key. The reason I'm asking is that about 3
years ago I changed over my keyboard from the standard Qwerty layout to the
Dvorak layout and after typing Qwerty for about 35 years I had to learn to
type all over again. Now I can only type using the Dvorak layout--and the
only two keys that are the same are the letters A and M.
For those who are interested, the Dvorak layout is much easier on your
hands. For example in an 8 hour typing session, a steno's fingertips would
move about 16 MILES. However if she typed exactly the same things using
the Dvorak layout, her fingertips would only have moved 1 MILE--that a
saving of 15 miles a day in carpel tunnel problems, etc. Your fingers do
most of their typing just using the home keys. So it is faster and
supposedly more accurate--but my brain still gets my fingering mixed up
although I have my old speed of 80 to 100 words per minute back.
>To type with the Sign Keyboard, you "need to learn new typing skills",
>because the symbols flop, rotate, change palm facing etc and you have to
>learn how to type those details. But a skilled SignWriting typist can type
>quickly - it is simply a new skill to be learned.
And in this case, if you have arranged the symbols in a logical sequence on
the keyboard, my Dvorak layout would in effect, randomize them LOL. I'm
just curious at this point.
Talk to you again.
Three Hills, Alberta CANADA T0M 2A0