Topic: keyboard design

topics > computer science > user interface > Group: types of user interfaces

interactive response time
keystroke shortcuts as a UserInterface
writing with a stylus


A normal keyboard allows input of any character sequence. A numerical keypad allows rapid entry of numerical data. Keys may be labeled explicitly, by a display, or by a keypad overlay. Full keyboards may be overkill for an application, especially for users who must hunt and peck. An interesting alternative is a hand-held keypad for composing arbitrary multi-line messages which are then transmitted by an RS232 interface. (cbb 5/80)
Subtopic: use display to provide labels for keys up

Quote: the VIDEOSPEC CRT labels keys via the CRT; has just 10 system keys and 16 auxiliary keys [»instrumentcontrol]
Quote: 44.3 wpm with a soft keyboard for mobile systems; better than a QWERTY layout [»mackIS5_1999]

Subtopic: avoid keyboard modifiers up

Quote: Star eliminates the CODE key since it leads to invisible resources [»smitDC4_1982]

Subtopic: half-keyboard up

Quote: space bar in half-QWERTY keyboard for the remaining keys in mirror image; 50% of typing speed in 9 hours

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Topic: interactive response time (32 items)
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