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Old 02-23-2005, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Aset transposition keyboard

Just thought this might be of interest to anyone who uses a qwerty keyboard.

The transposition of the letters dfjk with etni on a standard keyboard increases the amount of text typed from the four keys under the middle and index fingers by five times, from 7.5% to 37%. While not as efficient as the Dvorak keyboard, it is much easier to learn. The transposed keys remain under the same fingers, the transition can be thought out without benifit of a keyboard map. For those who might worry that they will not be able to go back to qwerty, the experience of many Dvorak users is that a typist can be bikeybordal. The letters etni are fairly easy to get used to but you may find yourself trying to type dfjk from their old locations.

I have found a keyboard remapping program that is free, downloads quickly and is very easy to use. I am typing this email on a keyboard remapped to the etni transposition layout.
The program is called 'Keytweak 2.11' and can be googled up by that name. It is available from several sites, includeing PC magazine. The creator of the program is Travis Krumsick.

After you have loaded the program hit start.
Click the keytweak icon and a graphic of a keyboard will appear.
Click the 'Full teach mode' at the bottom of the screen.
A box will appear. Click 'begin teach mode'.
Press the key you want to reassign, then the key you want it reassigned to. In this case d and e.
Click 'remap key#1 to key#2'
The box will disappear and the scancodes of the keys will appear in the 'pending changes' window at the bottom right.
Follow the same procedure for the remaining seven remaps.
Click 'apply' and you will be asked if you want to turn off the computer to apply the changes.
At the top there is also a clickable 'restore defaults' to give you back your qwerty layout.
The whole process takes less than five minutes.
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