After some thought, I decided that I didn’t really need the multiplication operator (deadkey + â€œequalsâ€).Â After all, it has been more than a decade since I was introduced to Algebraâ€”when the â€œxâ€ shape transitioned from operator to operand.Â I next thought about what might be a suitable addition to that key, both in terms of similar context and a symbol which I might actually use.Â The result is that version 1.1 of Rob’s Dvorak International Extended keyboard layout (that’s the name used in the file itself) includes the often imitated â€œdoes not equalâ€ sign.
Yes, friends!Â No more settling for the horrendously wide â€œ=/=,â€ no more dipping into your coding lexicon for â€œ!=,â€ now you can simply use deadkey + â€œequalsâ€ to get â‰ !Â Not only does that put the new character in good company, it also makes it simple to remember: what could be simpler than Right Alt + â€œ=â€ = â€œâ‰ â€ (type that three times fast)?
Also new in this edition of the layout is a new way to download it. You can download the file directly, or download a bzipped tarball which contains everything (including preview images for each edition of the layout). Of course, this post wouldn’t be complete without a preview of the new layout.
For more information, please see my original announcement of the layout.