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The QWERTY keyboard, the laptop trackpad, and the standard, two-button mouse immediately come to mind when thinking of how one interacts with a computer. But if you have difficulty using these peripherals, or even if you just want to be more efficient, it’s helpful to think about the alternatives.
And there are alternatives. A plethora of them. It wouldn’t be possible to cover them all in one article—and maybe not even in a whole website. But I want to point your attention to a few as a way to get you to thinking about alternative input methods and how they might benefit you. It shouldn’t be difficult to use your computer. It’s a computer—it should be working for you.
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Posted in: Assistive Technology, Resources, Talon
This is a little bit of an advanced read if you are just starting out. But I wanted to link to it to demonstrate that it’s possible to code even if you have extreme difficulty typing on a hardware keyboard—or even if you can’t type on a hardware keyboard at all.Talon is the software that I use to code by voice (I also use an onscreen keyboard, but that’s for another post). It’s Mac-only for now, but it’s coming to Windows and Linux very soon.
Posted in: Assistive Technology, Resources, Talon, Tutorial, Web Dev
Don’t let the name fool you. CSS-Tricks is more than just CSS (the styling language of the web). It covers beginner-level to expert-level topics in web development. In my opinion, it shines in its ability to deliver practical, insightful intermediate-level topics.For anyone just starting out, you will undoubtedly become familiar with CSS-Tricks as it often holds the top spots on search results pages for common web dev searches. This is because CSS-Tricks offers an enormous amount of quality content, including in-depth guides, a library of helpful code snippets, and a full-blown CSS reference with explanation and examples.
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