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Hyper-evolved keyboard layout via genetic algorithms

Curious George
05:49 PM ET (US)
I was just wondering if there are more details of the study somewhere. How many times was this procedure carried out? (Both the # of iterations, and the times it was taken from the beginning.) Also, where do the wordlists being used in the study coming from, and how pervasive are they?
I'm just curious, b/c if the findings is true, I would be willing to relearn, and remap all my keyboards to use this.
Interesting stuff.

Looking at the dates, I would be moderately surprised if I recieved a response to this, but it just came up in the course of my searching the tubes, and caught my interest.
Edited 03-05-2009 10:32 AM
Zed LopezPerson was signed in when posted
05:04 PM ET (US)
I think applications should universally allow you to remap their command keys but, then, a spoiled Emacs-head like me would think that.

Hmmm. In X you could globally remap ^ZXCV if you really wanted to. A roll-your-own DLL for Windows could do the same thing.
Jerry KindallPerson was signed in when posted
04:40 PM ET (US)
Doesn't look to me like it's worth switching from Dvorak. What I'd like to see is a Dvorak variant that puts the ZXCV keys back in their QWERTY positions -- I'd love to be able to undo/cut/copy/paste left-handed again. On a GUI, it's a real pain to have to use your mouse hand for ^C and ^V.
Zed LopezPerson was signed in when posted
01:59 AM ET (US)
You've met at least two Dvorak typists, Cory.

The home row arrangement is largely similar to Dvorak.

dunno that I'd want to go through the learning curve again.
CaveatLectorPerson was signed in when posted
09:04 PM ET (US)
Is anyone working on this problem with an eye to greatest cross-linguistic efficiency?

I type a large amount of Spanish, and the killer QWERTY problem for me is the use of my left pinky for "q" and "z," which are significantly more common (and more common together, e.g. names like "Vazquez") in Spanish than in English.

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