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Plover demo, impromptu session by Drew Neil at Vim London

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    DREW: I actually have a Filco Majestouch keyboard,
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    so if anyone wants to try it out,
    I've got it set up here.
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    In fact...
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    Shall we do a demo on the big screen?
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    So you can see what it looks like?
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    EMILE: Yeah, if you want, yeah.
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    DREW: You won't be able to see what's happening,
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    like, what keys I'm pressing,
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    but you'll see how quickly text comes out.
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    It's mental.
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    Looks lovely, doesn't it?
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    >> Do you take that to Starbucks?
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    DREW: All right, let's see.
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    All right.
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    Also, I'm using TextEdit,
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    because if you're in normal mode in Vim,
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    with steno, it's just like...
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    you know, if you put a beginner in front of Vim,
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    random stuff happens.
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    But you'll understand when you see this.
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    Okay, so I'm just going to make this...
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    Can I make this full screen or something?
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    Or just make it big?
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    Make it really big.
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    Okay, so this is --
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    I'm running Plover,
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    and this is one of those keyboards
    that does n-key rollover.
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    So I'm just going to --
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    tell you what, I'll just mash the keys.
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    So everything that comes out in uppercase
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    is basically a chord
    that doesn't have a designated word.
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    So, like, there are --
    there's a Plover dictionary,
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    and anything -- when I mash some keys,
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    and random all-caps comes out,
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    it means there's no word defined to that.
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    So here,
    I'm going to start a new line.
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    If I use both my index fingers,
    that's like using the return key.
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    So...
    New line.
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    And let's see.
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    The...
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    Um...
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    (laughter)
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    The cat.
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    Oh, no.
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    That's not cat.
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    The sat.
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    The cat sat.
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    On?
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    How do I do on?
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    That's going to be...
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    On.
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    The...
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    Mat.
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    That would be M-A-T.
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    >> It's so fast.
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    (laughter)
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    DREW: Yeah, it's incredible, isn't it?
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    So that was...
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    That was one stroke for each word.
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    But each stroke involved, like,
    three or four keys
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    being pressed at the same time
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    but the way that, like, stenographers look on it,
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    you might be pressing ten keys at once,
    but that's one stroke.
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    As far as they're concerned.
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    They can do maybe
    five strokes a second.
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    Which sounds like nothing,
    if you're typing at 110 words per minute on qwerty.
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    You're probably doing round about
    10 keystrokes a second.
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    But five strokes per second
    is actually quite slow,
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    but text just comes out, like,
    really quickly.
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    So...
    Let's see.
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    Does anyone want to try this?
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    I'm slightly...
    So basically, like, there's loads of single keys
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    that will output a word.
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    Like, all of the shortest,
    most common words,
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    just come out with a single keystroke.
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    So all of these words --
    that's like one keystroke.
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    >> So does every word have to have a chord, then?
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    DREW: Yeah, every word has a chord.
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    Huh?
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    >> Single letters for (inaudible) Vim?
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    DREW: Okay, so single letters.
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    Right, the way it works --
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    you've got the left hand.
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    It can spell the entire alphabet.
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    And the right hand can spell
    only the parts of the alphabet that it needs to.
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    And the thumbs deal with the vowels.
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    And basically,
    you form a word
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    by putting together a consonant,
    a vowel, and a consonant.
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    And in the English language,
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    English words aren't symmetrical.
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    There are certain patterns that appear a lot
    at the end of a word,
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    and there are certain patterns that appear a lot
    at the start of a word.
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    And so the left hand
    has a completely different layout to the right hand,
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    but both are capable of typing out
    most of the alphabet.
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    But you can type all of the alphabet
    with the right hand.
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    So if I hold down the asterisk key,
    I can spell the whole alphabet.
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    I'll just demonstrate some of it.
Title:
Plover demo, impromptu session by Drew Neil at Vim London
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