"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win..." —Mahatma Gandhi
I'm not sure if they're ignoring me or laughing at me, but we're definitely making progress :) . Actually there's no reason we should fight because we're not even competing.
This comes for Michael Kaplan's blog. Michael Kaplan is the guy in charge of the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator and the tech lead for internationalization in Microsoft. Microsoft has released 64 bit versions of Windows XP/2003 in April 2003. We're now in December 2006, over three and a half years have passed, and there's _still_ no way to create keyboard layouts for these operating systems, although Michael blames Microsoft's management for this, and it will be released hopefully in the next few months. It doesn't seem Microsoft is taking keyboard layouts very seriously.
He doesn't criticize the layout, he criticizes ALL alternative keyboard layouts. Frankly, I don't expect Microsoft to include Colemak in their operating system before it gains more mainstream acceptance. Although I'm really hoping Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator will add an option to remap Caps Lock to Backspace.
Of course, Microsoft is a huge organization and while some people might not like the idea of Colemak, other people will. Jensen Harris, the guy in charge of designing the Microsoft Office User Interface and a user of the Dvorak keyboard layout, was very excited when he heard about Asetion (the predecessor to Colemak) "Oh man, this is the first I heard of Asetion. I want to try that out now!".
In the future I'm sure there'll be more and more people working in Microsoft who'll use the Colemak keyboard layout, and they'll perhaps be able to change things from the inside.
Last edited by Shai (02-Dec-2006 03:35:30)