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Old 09-03-2014, 10:49 AM   #1
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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 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.
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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.
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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
There doesn't seem to be any emulation, though.
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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 There's also the FrogPad but it's not so ergonomic. There are several gaming keypads, 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?


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