penartur

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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
@bendataclear It is sometimes little/pinky finger, and sometimes thumb (e.g. in CtrlTab, Ctrl is always pressed by thumb, while Tab is pressed either by index or little finger). I always press Alt with my thumb though (except for in CtrlAltDel).
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
@RedSirius I suggest moving it from the present location to the bottom row (not the home row) so that one would press them by thumbs, not the pinky finger. And pinky finger is not only shorter but weaker as well, which makes using shifts at their present location even more inconvenient.
Feb
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
It is strange, as I can easily reach both Alt keys moving my thumbs only. What is the problem with replacing the Alt key then? I mean, IBM could move Shifts instead of Alts to the free space gained by shrinking the Space button on Enhanced keyboard. They messed with the control keys layout anyway: PC/AT -> Enhanced
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
Thumb being my main finger is the exact reason for moving Shifts to the bottom. As it is now, I'm only using one of my thumbs to enter Space, and do not use another thumb at all while typing. Alt keys are perfectly reachable by thumbs while typing. Sure it requires moving your thumbs to the certain extent, but then all the typing does require you to move some fingers (unless ASDFJKL; are enough for you). So your answer seems to contradict the reality.
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
@PatomaS e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ModelM.jpg
Feb
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
@PatomaS IBM Enhanced PC Keyboard. Home row is the one where "ASDF" and "JKL;" keys are located in QWERTY layout. Shift keys are usually on the row directly below it.
Feb
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
@PatomaS I'm not asking for a keyboard, I wonder why this particular layout was chosen. For example, layout with Shift and Alt keys interchanged seems to be more convenient.
Feb
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
@JonW Slight changes in a Shift keys location are much easier to get accustomed to compared to a complete overhaul of the alphanumeric part of keyboard, which would require retraining all the experienced typewriter users. Dvorak keyboard has Shifts in the same location though.
Feb
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
@JonW A lot of things has changed since typewriters (e.g. punctuation marks, "1" etc). Why wasn't shift key moved?
Feb
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comment Why is the "Shift" key below the home row and not on the bottom row?
Well, I'm using Dvorak, actually :) A lot of things has changed since typewriters (e.g. punctuation marks). Moving Shifts lower is not as significant as reworking the entire layout (in Dvorak), and would not require much time to re-learn.
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