Monday, December 27, 2021

Word Tray for Plover

Wow, Kaoffie is on a roll, with two consecutive shout-outs on the Plover Blog! This week it's Word Tray for Plover:
Word Tray is a GUI plugin that automatically looks up efficient outlines for words that start with the current input, much like autocomplete suggestions. It is heavily inspired by StenoTray, which was a widget made before Plover's plugin system was implemented.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Stenodisplay Font

Kaoffie has a new updated Stenodisplay Font with a nice web-based demo up on Github. Great for creating steno documentation and learning tools!

Monday, December 13, 2021

Beautiful Graphical Steno Explainers

an infographic displaying steno phonological principles on the left, right, and middle parts of the steno keyboard

Look at the gorgeous Steno Explainers series, a page of immaculately designed infographics demonstrating steno theory, fingerspelling, phrasing, and symbol principles in multiple languages, realized by @LittleChaSiu, aka @Sammdot, a software engineer and student stenographer who writes Plover libraries, documentation, and plugins. I absolutely love these!!

Monday, December 6, 2021

New Plover Practice Exercises!!

Plover Discord member plants has just released a great new learning resource called Plover Practice Exercises! Not only does it offer a brisk walkthrough of the basics of Plover theory with inline practice items for each principle, but it's got an ingenious extra gimmick as well:

At the bottom of most sections is a widget that randomizes sentences from the chapter and synthesizes audio for writing using meSpeak.js. There are word speed and gap controls which control both the audio of the randomized sentences and also for the individual sentences. As the minimum WPM speed is 80WPM, to slow down the rate even further, the word gap can be increased. Synthesis takes a few seconds to finish before audio starts playing. The randomized sentences are initially hidden in order to write by dictation.

Fantastic stuff!!