The missing blog Part #10b?

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2012/05/03 07:01 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2012/05/03/10300316.aspx


Over in the Suggestion Box, Joshua Boyce asked:

I have been reading your series "Getting all you can out of a keyboard layout", and in part 10a (blogs.msdn.com/.../581107.aspx) you hint at an upcoming 10b part to the series... Any chance that this series could be expanded to complete coverage of the issues you have described?

Thanks.

Well, Joshua has a point.

Now I wrote Getting all you can out of a keyboard layout, Part #10a over six years ago, and the follow-up I suggested there has never happened.

And with six years since then, it would be hard to claim I was busy the whole time. :-)

The truth is that I had a hard time sustaining interest in doing it for the sample, given how the suggested improvement wouldn't have much impact for any existing layout.

This made it a theoretical improvement, one that didn't have much real need....

Of course, there has been a change since then!

Last November, in The evolving Story of Locale Support, part 6: Behind the Cherokee Phonetic layout in Windows 8, I talked about a new Windows 8 keyboard with just the kind of complexity in it that the change might help.

Suddenly, motivation!

I now have a reason to dust off that sample. And to not take 6 years to do so.

Stay tuned....


Joshua Boyce on 3 May 2012 5:05 PM:

Looking forward to it. :)


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