Q POEM ET. AL. by Naztko

Q Poem Et. Al.

Before I write poetry, I
must have a new keyboard: a
self-rhyming elf imbedded one, ’cause
my rhyme’ll be stymied under a pause
if I’m too Qwerty boarded bored

Let Every QWERTY Die For the Children’s New Keyboard

    The QWERTY keyboard layout doesn’t have to be forever by the rules of “Path Dependence,” does it? Nope. It’s an accident of history that the Remington company chose that layout and dominated the market.
    In the computer age, keyboards could have keys each of which are minature display screens which could be reprogrammed for any letter or symbol that it is desired to produce. After re-programming, each key would generate the appropriate code. Every child could learn on a “me” keyboard and once the programmable keyboards were mass-produced, they could go to any keyboard and set it up for their own preferred layout. The keyboards could come with a slot for a chip so anyone could bring their own and instantly reprogram any keyboard. And of course those adults who have already learned QWERTY could keep that layout.
    Once reprogrammed, any typing lessons would follow the given layout. The given layout would be shown on the learning screen etc.
    Yes, once you’ve already learned to touch-type fast with QWERTY it’s fine and can stay for your new keyboard, but a guest could switch it as needed, and you could switch it back.
    There are a lot of X’s in Utd’mbts so using the weak ring finger in an awkward way can be annoying. And a person with one bad finger could re-assign what letter appeared under it.
    I just noticed that the space bar is only used in a narrow middle area. There could be at least two new keys. Perhaps for shift (or for the letter of the missing finger) or maybe there could be a ctrl lock key making a second keyboard instantly available for all the symbols that are in awkward places: maybe like for querty adepts the alternate ctrl lock layout could be a for asterisk, s for dollar sign, d for dagger,… h for hashtag etc… Or the home keys could be function keys on the “ctrl lock” board. The old function keys are very far away. Speaking of which: how about ctrl-rhyme and off to the rhyming dictionary for a selected word or sound.

   *adapted from “Let Every QWERTY Die for the Children’s New Keyboard”

— Naztko