thursday, 18 october 2018
exploring thumb keys further, by applying thumb
(swapping thumb H with ring finger I)..
shaves 1% to 4% off the +Effort scale across the board –
despite the HY same finger bump – against the Thumb H layout on
klatest for English prose. Swapping the pinkie Q and J further
reduces the klatest score a hair.
Still old school, I am reluctant to give up the thumb Space key but
this simple key swap warrants further investigation and trial..
while the +Effort scale improvement is largely a wash, more than any
perceived improvement in finger metrics are the more comfortable I
digram finger rolls.
With I on the home row for Thumb H, the outward rolls for EI AI
OI UI are much more noticeable. On Thumb I all I digram
combinations are equally comfortable and easily overshadow the same
finger bump of the HY digram.
The Q J swap is not as clear cut which is not surprising given the
sliver of improvement on klatest. The QU digram comprises 75% of
all words containing the letter Q but J is the more common of
these two low frequency letters with triple the number of words
containing J digrams. Ultimately, the QUE QUA QUO trigrams won
home row placement for the Q but others may find the J placement
more to their liking..
Sitting amongst the top of the klatest rankings, it is difficult to
envision a layout that will feel more comfortable to these hands –
though, that’s what I thought with Thumb H :-)..
a subtle but significant change to this web site.
The home page now shows the most recent articles
posted for the various topic threads which comprise this site. Dependent
on publication date, not all topic threads will necessarily be
represented by their latest journal entry. Regardless, this should now
make the home page appear less stale dated.
Surprisingly, despite not having touched the web framework code for
quite some time, these changes were simply and cleanly implemented with
a dozen lines of Ruby code without too much head scratching. The
original design continues to hold up well.
Originally cobbled together with html generating shell scripts in its
earliest incarnations as that proof of concept, it morphed into a web
framework whose underlying technology became a point of interest –
vimwiki with sinatra allowed content to be mapped and
reviewed effortlessly in real time.
Starting out initially as a resource for clients, it has grown to
include a repository of the knowledge accrued during the creation of the
site itself and then some – the WWW being what it is as a meta library
of itself. I like the metaphor.
There are still a number of posts to share regarding the tools used
along the way to create all this. And broader horizons to return to.
There is nothing being sold here. But if you find something of interest,
be it metaphysical, technical or otherwise, wonderful.