My grandmother knew how to write in shorthand because they taught it in school when she went. It is a lost art that we could definitely learn from when designing touch pad keyboards.
I wonder how similar Palm’s Graffiti was to shorthand…
Not very close (see: Palm Graffiti, Shorthand). There was a special case for the character “k”, which was almost shorthand-esque. Instead of making two strokes (an “|” and then an “<”), it was just a single stroke of “<” (with a little twirl instead of a hard corner) to connote “k”.
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Learning a new keyboard layout is a huge uphill struggle for sure! I’ve learned 3 different sets of keyboard layouts so far (QWERTY, Colemak and then Workman Layout), and it definitely does not get easier with time/age/experience for things that require muscle memory.
I think Swype was the first leap forward in terms of touch input keyboard entry, I find that on devices with it, I can type relatively quickly with minimal errors (after a few days/weeks of training period where it learns my “swipe motions”). But it’s still precipitated on the same QWERTY layout, which isn’t ideal for English typing, for many of the reasons pointed out in the blog.
Maybe a combination of KeyBee + Swype would do wonders?