An Efficient Key-Layout for DevaNagari
We have developed an efficient DevaNagari Key(board) Layout after research and trials over a decade.
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’.