OT: keyboard layouts

Jing Su jingsu-26n5VD7DAF2Tm46uYYfjYg at public.gmane.org
Fri Dec 12 15:31:55 UTC 2003

> I have a few coworkers who use keybaords from Kinesis.  I believe that
> http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/keyboards.htm
> http://www.kinesis-ergo.com/us_versions.htm
> BTW, the guy who uses Dvorak does use vi; he's just learned where the
> control keys are.

I have a kinesis keyboard at home.  While I agree that it's very pricey,
it's worth the price.  It's very comfortable on the hands.  They did a
good job of putting all the keys within hands reach, without having to
stretch your fingers to reach keys like "Backspace".

The fancier kinesis (the one I have) supports two layouts.  The keys are
labelled with both.  You can, on the fly, switch layouts without having to
modify your locale settings.  The Kinesis also supports keyboard macros
and button remapping.

My only gripe with Dvorak (and why it has been hard for me to switch) is
that most programs have hotkeys that assume you're using Qwerty.  This
goes for OpenOffice and Emacs.  The old combinations that were reasonable
on qwerty are uncomfortable in Dvorak.

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