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This keyboard design affords a potential increase in productivity by using the standard QWERTY graphics key placement, and relocating function key placements as shown.
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Placement of Function Keys for Increased Productivity
This keyboard design affords a potential increase in productivity by using the
standard QWERTY graphics key placement, and relocating function key
placements as shown.
Based on frequency of usage and dexterity data, relocating the SPACE key
to the home row last finger position has the greatest potential for increasing
productivity. Although the choice of the little finger for SPACE may seem
intuitively a poor selection, the dexterity data from our data base show that with
training and practice, all fingers substantially are equally dexterous when using
electronic keyboards which require little force for operation. The tapping rates
(hitting the same key in succession) are nearly identical for all fingers.
Placement of the CARRIAGE RETURN and SHIFT keys to the area now
occupied by the SPACE bar reduces loading on the little finger of the right hand
and eliminates leaving the home row when operating the CARRIAGE RETURN
key. BACKSPACE is more frequently used than many of the graphic keys (it is
used for error correction on most electronic keyboards). Moving BACKSPACE
closer to the home row, to the position occupied by the infrequently used SHIFT
LOCK, eliminates the need for leaving the home position of the hands for the
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