So, a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine was in a nasty car accident.
She's mostly fine, but her right hand was crushed. (Fortunately, she's left-handed.)
Visiting her yesterday, I was talking to her about one-handed keyboard options, which she didn't realise were as promising as they are. We were discussing half-keyboards (which are sadly expensive, but exist), and the curious thing that is the Twiddler chorded input device.
Her mother came in, and I was showing her the things I'd found too, and her mother lowered her voice and said:
"I want her to type two
Her mother has a history of denying that problems in her children exist because Her Children Are Just Perfect, Okay.
I resisted the urge to reply, "Well, that's nice, but it's not happening, now is it," and instead, replied smoothly:
"Well, obviously that would be ideal, but however much movement she gets back eventually, that's going to take some time, and I know from experience that enforced inactivity is really miserable and soul-destroying, so this would be useful in the interim. Plus, typing one-handed leaves you able to do things with your other hand, and she's really good at multi-tasking. Plus, it's a bit of a concern that some of the adjustments she'd have to make would make her more likely to have problems with RSI, long-term, anyway."
"Ohhh, RSI's a really good point..."
So I think she's not going to get in the way on this issue.
Which is good, because if she did, I would have to throw down with her. Even if my friend regains full mobility in her hand - which is a massive, MASSIVE if, because she kinda doesn't have knuckles now - it will be *extremely* important, long-term, for her to minimise the strain on it. Fine, flicking sort of motions like typing involves would be a terrible idea for her to take up and sustain. TERRIBLE.
I met her mother for the first time yesterday; I don't care that much if she hates me. I would for real fight her on that one and she would not win.It would be nice if she hadn't picked up some serious and permanent disability. That isn't the world we live in. Let's be grateful she retains her dominant hand and the rest of her body and work with that, okay?
Edit: In case anyone is thinking this might be good for them, possibly the best starting point my research has uncovered is this
. It appears to be a free app (it says Trial but also that the free trial keeps working and doesn't expire) which converts your existing keyboard to be a one-handed keyboard.
Frankly, I'm annoyed I didn't think of this while my wrist was borked.