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Re: OT: computer keyboard advertisement mentions Quenya

Date:Friday, February 29, 2008, 3:45
On 2/28/08, Tristan McLeay <conlang@...> wrote:

> This would be hell to type on. Try drawing a keyboard on a piece of > paper and putting it on your desk --- it'd feel something like that. > Now imagine doing it for more than about ten minutes and I think it > would be a recipe for RSI. Bascially, the problem is you don't won't be > using your muscles to stop your finger, you say "start moving nice and > fast" and have them stop when they reach something hard. In the case of > a regular keyboard, there's plenty of reaction time for us to stop them > with our muscles after we touch and activate the key. In the case of a > touchscreen keyboard, you'd touch and activate the key at the same time > as motion is stopped --- there's simply no way to know when to stop the > movement! (A lot of people even find laptop keyboards bad for extensive > use because they have a lot less travel. I personally don't have a > problem with them in that regard.) > > It's an attractive concept, sure, but if you use it extensively you'll > prefer a real keyboard even if it's imperfect.
Totally agreed. Tactile issues are badly overlooked these days. (Think e.g. iPhone - can you dial the thing blind? Nope. But my ubercheapo one, sure.) How about a combination of: a) b) a pillow (or other purely nice-to-touch surface) - Sai


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>