An Efficient Keyboard Layout for DevaNagari
We have developed an efficient DevaNagari Keyboard layout after research and trials.
Recently we renamed this layout (iNagari) as SuNāgarī.
It combines the best of both the worlds; simplicity of 'Phonetic' and efficiency of 'Inscript'. Inscript is the standard by Bureau of Indian Standards. With little practice you can start using SuNāgarī efficiently.
DevaNagari Keyboard Layouts Compared
- The problem with phonetic layouts is that they require you to enter lot of 'a'. e.g. For writing समय you have to type 'samaya'; out of these 6 keys, 3 keys are 'a' (so the little finger of left hand need to work a lot or we loose typing speed!)
- The problem with 'Inscript' is lack of familiarity. For writing समय you have to type 'mc/'; just three keys, but one need to know where is what!
- In case of 'SuNāgarī' you require very little training. e.g. For writing समय you have to type 'smy'; just three keys and you will see that you don't have to remember lot of keys.
Most of the time (about 85%) we use full form (like क, ख, ग) of consonants while about 15% times we need half form (like क् ख् ग् ). We use 'Halant' ( ् as in क्) to get half form. In 'SuNāgarī' Halant is at semicolon (;) key which is on the right side of 'L' key.
So for writing क्या you have to type 'k;ya'. Similarly for writing कार्य you have to type 'kar;y'. For writing ट्रांस you have to type 'T;raxs'. (x is for anuswar/bindu). For lot of words you don't have to apply any logic, e.g. to write ‘लिपि’ you have to just type ‘lipi’.