An alternative Chinese keyboard layout design for single-digit typists

Ming Chung Chen*, Ting Fang Wu

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study designed an alternative Chinese keyboard layout for single-digit typists and evaluated the efficacy of this innovative layout design. The new eight row by five column keyboard layout was designed based on the principles of alternative keyboard design. Eight college students with proficient keyboarding were involved in this study. The repeated measurement experimental design was used to compare the speed and accuracy of keystroke among the four different keyboard patterns: QWERTY, Alternative, RevisedQWERTY, and Random-Alternative. The experimental results indicated that the subjects' typing speed is fastest when utilizing the QWERTY layout (63.86 symbols/minute), followed by the Alternative (56.02 symbols/minute), Revised QWERTY (53.39 symbols/minute) and the Random-Alternative keyboard (49.94 symbols/minute). There is no significant difference among QWERTY, Alternative, Revised-QWERTY, and Random-Alternative layouts on the subjects' typing accuracy. The possible causes of the unpredicted results and suggestions for further studies were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputers Helping People with Special Needs, 10th International Conference, ICCHP 2006 - Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)3540360204, 9783540360209
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Event10th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2006 - Linz, Austria
Duration: 2006 Jul 112006 Jul 13

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4061 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference10th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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