Re: FW: Technology leads to cool fonts in Native language

From: Chris Harvey (
Date: Mon Sep 18 2006 - 10:15:10 CDT

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    On Sat, 16 Sep 2006 12:15:47 -0400, Philippe Verdy <>
    > Yes it's certainly poor to adopt an ABCDEF layout for products made with
    > most European languages, simply because it is perturbating for people
    > that are trained on lots of keyboards now with the conventional layout.
    > it is poor also to see keyboards whose keys are aligned in a rectangular
    > grid (because you loose the sensitive feeling that helps keeping the
    > fingers aligned on the correct row, and helps correcting the position of
    > fingers in case of small deviations). Anyway, those layouts are not made
    > to input English text easily.

    • For example, the Salish keyboard places the “a” on the key left of the
    number 1. For one of the most common letters in the language to be placed
    on a difficult key is poor design.

    • I would presume that everyone in the Salish-Kutenai community who uses a
    computer does 90+% of their work in English. Native people across North
    America are already very familiar with QWERTY (English or Canadian French)
    and I would imagine a fair number of those are touch-typists. A radically
    different keyboard design just adds one more (unneccesary) element of
    difficulty for those learning these endangered languages.

    • The Kutenai in Canada already use a QWERTY based layout for their

    Chris Harvey

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