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Keyboard Optimizer - FAQ


Keyboard Optimizer Version 1.1.1.1 Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is the Keyboard Optimizer?
  2. What accessibility settings does the Keyboard Optimizer control?
  3. How do I use it?
  4. What do I type?
  5. How much do I have to type to get my keyboard adjusted?
  6. Will my typing problems make the user interface difficult to control?
  7. Will it correct my typing errors, like "teh" for "the"?
  8. I typed an error and nothing happened, why didn't it respond?
  9. I have a problem the Keyboard Optimizer is supposed to address, but it makes no suggestions for me.
  10. How do I find out what changes are being made when I try a suggestion?
  11. I tried the setting that filtered out double letters and now my key repeats are messed up.
  12. Can I save my settings and reload them later?
  13. Can I see statistics describing my typing?
  14. Does it do anything that I can't already do in Windows?
  15. What is Automatic/Dynamic adjustment?
  16. When I use dynamic adjustment, is all my typing being recorded?
  17. How has this program been tested?
  18. How do I provide feedback about this program?

1. What is the Keyboard Optimizer?

It is a utility program that helps you to adjust the keyboard accessibility features in Windows operating systems.

2. What accessibility settings does the Keyboard Optimizer control?

All of the keyboard response features: key repeat delay, key repeat rate, Sticky keys, debounce time and key acceptance delay. See the user guide for a more detailed explanation of these feautures.

3. How do I use it?

You demonstrate how you type and the Keyboard Optimizer analyses your typing and offers suggestions. More details on using the program are given in the user guide.

4. What do I type?

Type some text, using your normal typing. It can be in any language, though English works slightly better.

5. How much do I have to type to get my keyboard adjusted?

Some suggestions may be made after just a few characters. Sometimes it may take several sentences before enough evidence of a need has been gathered.

6. Will my typing problems make the user interface difficult to control?

The Keyboard Optimizer has been designed so that users can do keyboard navigation even if they are having problems with extra characters appearing. These extra characters will be ignored. For example, holding down the 'tab' key will only advance the selection by one item. repeated presses of 'tab' must be 0.5 seconds apart, to eliminate double key presses sometimes caused by tremor.

7. Will it correct my typing errors, like "teh" for "the"?

No. The Keyboard Optimizer operates by activayting keystroke filters available in Windows. These may help you to type more accurately, but will not correct mistakes that do appear.

8. I typed an error and nothing happened, why didn't it respond?

The Keyboard optimizer errs on the side of caution. A single example of a problem is usually not enough to trigger a suggestion. Several examples are usually needed.

9. I have a problem the Keyboard Optimizer is supposed to address, but it makes no suggestions for me.

It may be that the typing sample you have provided did not show the problem, or the problem was not seen frequently enough to trigger a suggestion. If there is a specific keyboard setting you are interested in trying, and the Keyboard optimizer does not offer it, you can access it through the regular Windows Keyboard or Accessibility control panels.

10. How do I find out what changes are being made when I try a suggestion?

Use the 'See details' button to display the technical details of the current and original settings.

11. I tried the setting that filtered out double letters and now my key repeats are messed up.

In Windows, the key repeat and debounce settings are linked, so changing the debounce time does affect the key repeat delay and rate. If you don't like these changes then press 'Start again' to retun the keyboard to its original state.

12. Can I save my settings and reload them later?

The Keyboard Optimizer does not do this, but there is a way. When you close the program, if you choose to keep the current settings, then your keyboard settings will remain for the remainder of the session. When you log off, Windows may ask you whether you want to keep the new settings. If you say yes, then Windows will store and restore these settings for you.

13. Can I see statistics describing my typing?

No.

14. Does it do anything that I can't already do in Windows?

No new keyboard settings are provided by this program.

15. What is Automatic/Dynamic adjustment?

A mode of operation where the Keyboard optimizer continues to analyse your typing while you use other applications. It makes some automatic changes to keep the key repeats appropriate, and offers other suggestions explicitly. This mode may be useful if your needs change significantly throughout a session.

16. When I use dynamic adjustment, is all my typing being recorded?

Your typing is monitored, but no recording is made unless you choose to record the session. If you record the session, a log file is created, but all alphabetic characters are recorded as 'x' and all numerals as '1', so it is not possible to recreate what you have typed from this log file.

17. How has this program been tested?

The program's analysis algorithms were developed by studying and recording people with a variety of different motor impairments using keyboards. The program was then tested with a similar group of individuals, who tried using the Keyboard Optimizer's suggestions. The suggestions made were 95% appropriate, but sometimes useful features were not offered.

18. How do I provide feedback about this program?

This program is no longer in active development, but you may contact Dr Shari Trewin with questions or comments.