Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/04/10

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Touch typing keyboards
From: lrzeitlin at (
Date: Mon Apr 10 16:10:05 2006
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Gary writes (Lympa blog)

<<I've always wondered at how technology makes such huge leaps over amazing 
distances and forgets the 
toothbrush. Computer keyboards are another example of a high level of 
ergonomics at the brochure level. 
Thirty years ago, IBM keypunch machines had a feature that is now lost - the 
"F" and "J homekeys were 
dished in deeper than the other keys. When PC keyboards came out, my fingers 
were lost, and I did not 
know why. Looking carefully at the old keyboards, I discovered that without 
conscious effort, my fingers 
naturally fell into the home keys. Why would such a useful feature 
completely disappear from all modern 


Apple computer keyboards have little pips on the home keys. Obviously some 
people at Apple still touch type. 
Stangely enough, the newer keyboards for the PPC and MacIntels have the pips 
on the F and J keys, while 
the older keyboards have the pips on the D and K keys.

Larry Z

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