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Re: Keyscript Shorthand and other things


From: pdfinn
Subject: Re: Keyscript Shorthand and other things
Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:12:57 -0500
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In GNU Emacs, you might want to try predictive-mode, which provides
sophisticated, trainable, context-sensitive typing completion.
( http://www.dr-qubit.org/emacs.php#predictive )  

Since you can use Emacs to handle email, basic web browsing, and any
compositional task, you can thus have typing completion available for
these tasks as well.

And, yes, if you do a lot of typing, the Dvorak keyboard is well worth
learning.  You will find you recover you Qwerty typing speed quickly and
soon exceed it.

Peter

At Tue, 24 Mar 2009 01:22:12 -0700 (PDT),
cassyjanek  wrote:
> 
> Hi.  I haven't posted anything here before and I can't pretend I
> understand the technical stuff.
> 
> It was in my mind at first to try to make Pitman Shorthand symbols to
> be able to be typed into a computer.  Later, I wrote a course to teach
> Pitman Shorthand, based on Pitman New Course, which is Pitman New Era
> Shorthand.  There were four types of exercises in this course.  One
> type involved writing from longhand to shorthand.  There was more to
> it than that, but I had been told by teachers in the past that it is
> better to write shorthand from dictation rather than from print.  For
> some reason, my mind dwelt on this, and I decided to change the
> longhand into a phonetic script.  (My tape recorder was not working
> too well, anyway.)  This phonetic script ended up becoming Keyscript
> Shorthand.  I never did change the exercises in the original course.
> 
> Keyscript uses only the lower case letters of the alphabet, and saves
> on average 60% of the writing.  In English longhand there are two
> words of one letter, 'I' and 'a'.  In Keyscript there are hundreds.
> Does this mean that one letter in Keyscript can mean more than one
> thing?  You bet it does.  But, as Rustom has pointed out, you can pick
> the most frequently used word represented by that letter and assign it
> to that letter when writing in, for example, Microsoft Word, using the
> AutoCorrect facility.  Where there is another common word spelled with
> the same letter, you can assign it to another letter.
> 
> This brings me to the next point.  If you computer engineers do come
> up with the shortest and most productive system of keying in type,
> will it be able to be used everywhere?  For example, AutoCorrect can
> be used only on Microsoft Word (and probably on other Word programs in
> Mac, etc., I wouldn't know about that), but it cannot be used when
> writing emails and posts like this.  So could you make this possible,
> seeing that this is how people write these days?  Of course, this
> ability could possibly be built into the keyboard itself.  My husband,
> Roger, was saying that there should be a key to type 'the' on a
> keyboard.  This seems a very good idea.
> 
> I have never used a Dvorak keyboard, but I can see that it would be
> more efficient and less tiring, with the most common letters in
> English being on the home row.  My all-time favourite typewriter was
> an old Underwood, that I used at business college.  It must have dated
> from around the beginning of the last century (but I did the course a
> little after that!).  I liked it because the keys were thin, not solid
> blocks, and it seemed more responsive than the other typewriters.
> 




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