The Alphabet – Single Presses and Thumb shifts for Decatxt Keyboard

The Alphabet – Single Presses and Thumb shifts for Decatxt Keyboard

Ask someone to push a button and most often they will extend their right index finger for the task. This is the finger that we use to begin the alphabet. By starting the alphabet on the “7” finger, there are a number of interesting relationships that develop that help make the system easy to learn. The first ten letters are a single tap from each finger.

“a” – right index (7 finger), “b” – right middle (8 finger), “c” – right ring (9 finger), “d” – right pinky (0 finger) “e” – right thumb (6 finger) “f” – left thumb (5 finger), “g” – left index (4 finger), “h” – left middle (3 finger) “i” – left ring (2 finger) & “j” – left pinky (1 finger)

The next eight letters are produced with the right thumb (6 finger) pressed with each of the other keys. The order remains the same starting with the right index (7 finger) but this time skipping the left thumb. So with the 6 finger held, you get “k” by taping the 7 finger, “l” – 8 finger, “m” – 9 finger, “n” – 0 finger, “o” – 4 finger, “p” – 3 finger, “q” – 2 finger & “r” – 1 finger.

The last eight letters are produced the same way but this time with the left thumb (5 finger) included and skipping the right thumb. “s” by tapping the 7 finger, “t” – 8 finger, “u” – 9 finger “v” – 0 finger, “w” – 4 finger, “x” – 3 finger “y” – 2 finger, & “z” – 1 finger.

When both thumbs are pressed, the next character will be shifted, making it simple to create capital letters. If you are using one thumb to make a letter, simply tap the other thumb before pressing the finger where the letter is located and it will be capitalized. If at any time you discover you have the wrong keys held you can simply add more until 5 keys are pressed and the input will be voided.

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