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Which “alphabetic” keys are commonly used on Qwerty for cursor movements?

Which are the "layouts" that have been successfully used when making "alphabetic" keys on Qwerty used as cursor movement keys or as arrow keys? Here are the two i know of: <h>: <Left>, ...
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Learning multiple keyboard layouts

Spanish keyboards are not very friendly to C++ developers. While | # and ~ are hard but reasonably accessible, [ ] { and } are really hard to type. Not to mention, there are some dead keys that force ...
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iOS lock screen has letters

The iPhone lock screen has letters under the numbers, which is weird for me, I'm not enabling any advanced lock screen which requires letters at all. The passcode is 4 digits. Why would apple add ...
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Reduced keyboard layouts (software or hardware)

Are there any keyboard layouts designed to use a reduced set of keys, such as the home row (asdfghjkl;) and the rows above and below? I imagine typing would be easier to learn, a possibly more ...
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What's the best way to determine if a character is universally easy to type?

What would be the best way to determine if a particular keyboard character is available/convenient (enough) for most/all end users to type, regardless of keyboard layout? For instance, if I want to ...
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How to handle an unsatisfactory UX using standard Windows Phone 8 Keyboard layout?

I've been wrestling with UX issues on an app I am building for Windows Phone 8.1. I built an application similar to Putty that enables a user to send and receive serial commands to connected devices. ...
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Why do modern keyboards have Scroll Lock?

The Scroll Lock key is useless in the modern day, and some higher-end keyboards don't even have it: Same can be said for the Pause and Break keys, but however it pauses the BIOS POST output on many ...
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Show special keyboard view when entering a password on mobile devices?

Mobile operating systems typically show different virtual keyboards depending on context. The default keyboard might show A-Z, while a keyboard for entering a telephone number might show 0-9 (so you ...
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Why some programs use alphabetically layouted keyboards?

today I used my youtube app on my LG smart tv. I was going to search for a video and there was an keyboard displayed on the tv. With my remote I can type my search string. But I was kind of irritated ...
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Why do some keyboards extend the Return key up into the backslash?

Most keyboards have a rectangular Return (often labeled Enter) key. Above it they have the \ key and above that is a rectangular Backspace key. Some keyboards, however, have a weird shaped Return key ...
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Layout for on-screen hexadecimal keyboard

I am to design a web-based, on-screen keyboard for a touch interface. Users will only need to input 0-9 and the letters A-F. In addition to this, they need a backspace, and possibly a "clear" button. ...
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Onscreen keyboard standards [duplicate]

I need to design an onscreen keyboard for a touch device and wondering if there are any standards to follow especially pertaining to key sizes?
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Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation?

Should we bring back the user to the ABC mode on the SmartPhone keyboard automatically after they have entered some symbols/numbers/punctuation marks?
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Why is the “Shift” key below the home row and not on the bottom row?

It is suggested that one should use only four fingers (index finger to little finger) to type letters and numbers, while the thumbs are only used for spaces and other keys in the bottom row. Also, it ...
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On a US keyboard why is + shifted but - isn't?

I am wondering why standard US keyboards allow you to type - by simply hitting the key, but the + button right next to it needs the Shift key. The default for that key is = and not a minus symbol. + ...
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Overriding the default input method on smartphones

I am currently working on a project on which I'm asked to design a virtual keyboard that would replace the default one when a user needs to fill a form on the mobile version of all our websites and ...
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Should 'ABC' keyboard layout be used in single-purpose devices?

I have noticed, that some (well, quite many!) single-purpose devices (like: GPS for a car or some photo frames) use 'ABC' keyboard layout as default one, instead of the (local) standard QWERTY. And in ...
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Why are keyboard keys staggered?

In every keyboard that I have used, the keys are arranged so that the keys are staggered a small increment to the left from the previous row. Q is above and slightly to the left of A, and A is above ...