Effects of Optimizing the Scan-Path on Scanning Keyboards with QWERTY-Layout for English Text
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Original versionSandnes FE, Medola FO: Effects of Optimizing the Scan-Path on Scanning Keyboards with QWERTY-Layout for English Text. In: Cudd, Witte. HARNESSING THE POWER OF TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE LIVES, 2017. IOS Press p. 930-938
Scanning keyboards can be essential tools for individuals with reduced motor function. However, most research addresses layout optimization. Learning new layouts is time-consuming. This study explores the familiar QWERTY layout with alternative scanning paths intended for English text. The results show that carefully designed scan-paths can help QWERTY nearly match optimized layouts in performance.