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Much of the speed of stenography comes from using macros, and macros should be available in any decent editor without needing the use of a steno keyboard.

For example, both vim and emacs have snippet or template plugins (ex: yastnippet, snipmate, ultisnips, xptemplate, etc) that can be activated with a short keystroke and which then expand to whatever code or text the user desires. Then, depending on the features of the snippet/templating plugin in question lots of other advanced behavior (such as selecting items from a menu, activating sub-snippets/sub-templates, etc) can be activated. No need to use a steno keyboard for any of this.






There are other benefits to using a smaller chorded keyboard though, namely with RSI prevention and general comfort. That's kind of what I was going for with the QWERTY layout for Georgi. Rather then using chording for briefs and phonetic phrasing, it's just used for simple mapping with QMK. Makes for a compact and ergonomic board. Check out the layout I've linked below.

Weirdly, though developed for Georgi the lightweight springs have found themselves back into Gergo and GergoPlex as users have reported it helping with their RSI flareups (compared to traditional mechs)

[1] http://docs.gboards.ca/Unboxing-Georgi

[2] https://www.gboards.ca/product/gergo


In Vim(and I assume Emacs too) it's also possible to just define keybindings for any sequence of inputs, allowing even mode changes inbetween and differentiating between different file formats.

I used that for a couple common symbols in LaTeX' math mode, e.g. entering ;lra gets me a \leftrightarrow.

But I wouldn't recommend that approach for multi-line snippets and more complex cases, the config will get unreadable otherwise.




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