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OT : Qwerty variants

From:Peter Clark <peter-clark@...>
Date:Sunday, February 2, 2003, 20:10
On Sunday 02 February 2003 01:48 pm, Sarah Marie Parker-Allen wrote:
> The standard Micro$oft Russian keyboard is totally off of the English one. > I plan to eventually buy an official keyboard, but until I get that or the > stickers it was going to be next to impossible to remember which keys were > which (some of the letters are on punctuation keys, even; Russian has more > than 26 letters). Solution? I went and downloaded a phonetic keyboard > layout and replaced the one in my Windows folder. Now all I have to > remember are a few letters (sh, chsh, yu, eh, yo, the soft and hard signs) > that aren't on letter keys at all, and three or four that aren't on the key > you'd expect (y -- the upside-down n with a hat, as we said in my first > Russian class -- is on j). Raised my typing speed significantly.
Agreed; since I'm using Linux (although this applies to anything running X), I just swapped the key assignments so there is a closer 1-1 symbolism. Where there is no direct English equivalent, I use shape correspondence; hence, w = ш (sh), h = ч (ch) (See, it's an upside down "h"), x = х, etc. Then for those that neither match shape nor sound, I resort to the number row, which even then has some sense. For щ (shch), since it is close in shape to ш (sh), I use 2; 3 and 4 are respectively э (e) and ё (jo), since they are close to е (je). 6 is ь (soft sign) because of shape correspondence, so 5 is � (hard sign) because of position. 7, because it is close to у (u), is ю (ju), and 8, because it is close to и (i) is й (j). The only difficulties I have experienced with this layout is my habitual swapping of b with v and c with s; when I want to type все (vsje) I sometimes type бце (btsje). :Peter


Sarah Marie Parker-Allen <lloannna@...>
BP Jonsson <bpj@...>