Sorting it all Out Michael Kaplan's random stuff of dubious value Be sure to read the disclaimer here first!
Over in the Suggestion Box, Joshua Boyce asked:
I have been reading your series "Getting all you can out of a keyboard layout", and in part 10a (blogs.msdn.com/.../581107.aspx) you hint at an upcoming 10b part to the series... Any chance that this series could be expanded to complete coverage of the issues you have described?
Well, Joshua has a point.
Now I wrote Getting all you can out of a keyboard layout, Part #10a over six years ago, and the follow-up I suggested there has never happened.
And with six years since then, it would be hard to claim I was busy the whole time. :-)
The truth is that I had a hard time sustaining interest in doing it for the sample, given how the suggested improvement wouldn't have much impact for any existing layout.
This made it a theoretical improvement, one that didn't have much real need....
Of course, there has been a change since then!
Last November, in The evolving Story of Locale Support, part 6: Behind the Cherokee Phonetic layout in Windows 8, I talked about a new Windows 8 keyboard with just the kind of complexity in it that the change might help.
I now have a reason to dust off that sample. And to not take 6 years to do so.
Looking forward to it. :)