Monday, August 20, 2018

Steno Specs in the QMK Docs

Both my dad and my eldest brother are electronic engineers, and my dad taught me to solder when I was a kid, but I haven't tried my hand at it in decades, and these days I'm too intimidated (plus I live in a tiny apartment with a rampaging toddler) to ever seriously consider wiring my own keyboard. Still, it's an appealing thought, and I really enjoy watching the intersection of DIY keyboard makers with steno learners. So I was delighted when Ted posted a link to the QMK docs on the Plover Google Group recently, and they turned out to be far more detailed and helpful than I'd imagined. I knew people had been using QMK, the popular open source firmware used on the majority of user-assembled keyboards, for various steno projects, but I didn't realize that the steno chapter in the official QMK docs were so exhaustive. I guess it's always just a delight to see Open Steno out in the wider world, and I wonder how many people who'd never heard of steno before find themselves idly flipping through the QMK docs and suddenly fall into an unexpected steno adventure. If you're one of them, please do get in touch!

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