LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 09-03-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
flexdream
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Question Microwriter (chorded keyboard) emulation on standard keyboard (not music chords)


I am trying to find a way to emulate a chorded keyboard (such as the Microwriter http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwriter) on a standard keyboard.

If it was possible to assign certain key combinations ('chords') to a letter e.g. z+s+f = a , then a chorded keyboard could be emulated.

I have found no way to do this. I've looked at AutoKey and xBindKeys. Is there a way?

The advantage of a chorded keyboard would be to allow one handed typing.
 
Old 09-04-2014, 12:14 PM   #2
business_kid
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Ireland
Distribution: Slackware & Android
Posts: 7,776

Rep: Reputation: 741Reputation: 741Reputation: 741Reputation: 741Reputation: 741Reputation: 741Reputation: 741
What kind of output are you looking for? If it's guitar chords, you need hardly bother with extra hardware. If you want a music score, that is a totally different matter. They can get very involved - even bowing direction is specified on some violin scores.
 
Old 09-04-2014, 12:53 PM   #3
DavidMcCann
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
Posts: 4,261

Rep: Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245Reputation: 1245
You're going to get a lot more people talking about music — few of us can remember the microwriter! You can still get equivalents, at a price
http://www.infogrip.com/products/keyboards/one-hand/
There doesn't seem to be any emulation, though.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 09-05-2014, 04:13 PM   #4
flexdream
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Sep 2011
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Thanks for the comments guys.
David - I can see you remember the microwriter! I've looked at the infogrip BAT - it would do the job but is pricey. I wondered if there might be a way to emulate this using some keys on a standard board. The infogrip BAT seems the best hardware. The CyKey is cheaper but needs a line of sight to an IR receiver http://www.cykey.co.uk/. There's also the FrogPad but it's not so ergonomic. There are several gaming keypads http://www.razerzone.com/gb-en/gamin...razer-tartarus, but none I can see which would support a full keyboard character set, or 'chording'.
Is emulation possible in Linux on the keyboard i.e. have a mode where a chord of key presses is equivalent to a single key press?
regards
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Emulation third mouse button on keyboard nimnull22 Linux - Newbie 6 01-05-2010 12:11 AM
keyboard emulation error Ziggie Linux - Enterprise 2 12-18-2007 09:33 AM
How can I define a chorded keyboard? cyent Linux - General 0 12-22-2005 04:17 PM
keyboard emulation from a script or program lixy Programming 4 03-29-2005 02:47 PM
Mouse and keyboard emulation fiomba Linux - Software 0 11-21-2004 06:33 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:37 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration