I am thinking if this is theoretically possible in any OS because I am typing myself Dvorak with the custom configuration: dead keys with scandinavian letters: A with dots, O with dots and A with circle. Alex Eagle's motivation on the topic is described 2009 here. I know no keyboard that has such a USB dongle built in:
An expensive keyboard with a hardware Qwerty/Dvorak switch on it will solve this problem for you, provided you’re happy to carry the darn thing to every computer you use. The QIDO isn’t cheap, but it’s not as expensive as any switchable keyboard I’ve found, and it’s an awful lot more portable.
The only things it won’t Dvorak-ise are computers that can’t accept a USB keyboard for whatever reason, and laptops. But you’ll probably be able to muddle along with operating-system keymap switching then, if you don’t face these situations too often.
I think the keyboard selection should be virtualised or something to make such a change in the operating system settings. Example of other USB dongle features:
- Make sound of headphones 5 channel with USB dongle, etc HyperX Cloud II package comes with the dongle
There is the following product, QIDO, for the task here, but it is not universal, just one type of Dvorak. I sent email to the manufacturer about how much the device can be extneded for A with dots and O with dots.
QIDO - Qwerty to Dvorak USB Adapter (Qwerty-in > Dvorak-out > Portable USB Adapter)
It would really nice to get reviews of the device such that we can confirm if it can be used in the demanding settings such as hospitals and other places with high privacy concerns. One review here but no safety standards covered:
Since the QIDO can’t change the keycaps, though, I was having some trouble figuring out what real advantage it offers over the free alternative - just changing your operating system’s keymap.
It’s easy to add a Dvorak keymap in Windows - or Mac OS and Linux, for that matter - and then you can switch keymap in a couple of clicks. The QIDO makes switching even faster, but by and large it didn’t seem to me that it does anything that changing the keymap in the OS doesn’t do.
Security of high rank security places will not allow to change keyboard layout. I think the only chance to use the dongle there is to get some proof for its safety in privacy. How? (Question 2 below)
OR I need instructions about what to tell to the officers if I am found with such a dongle in high security places.
Will the dongle make changes in the OS keyboard layout? Will the system still show Qwerty when you type Dvorak?
Will the system record and detect that a new USB dongle has been connected to the computer? Is there any standard that can prove that the dongle is safe and will not compromise privacy, for instance in hospitals?
- Geekhack: USB Dvorak Dongle?
OS: Debian 9.1 Linux, Windows, OS X