I just had an idea: put the parens on the home row via the Mode_switch modifier. I use a custom keymap with Xmodmap, which includes this:Jonsul wrote:Else is there a faster way to type parentheses, like a way to turn off numbers for a sec or something.
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keycode 133 = Mode_switch keycode 134 = Mode_switch keycode 46 = n N parenleft keycode 47 = s S parenright
Edit: it's been almost two weeks. I've adjusted to the change and am satisfied that it was worth the bother. I gravitated fairly easily toward super+n instead of shift+9, though mapping parenright did turn out to be a waste of a key. The benefit is not so much the easier reach as it is keeping my fingers on the home row to type in whatever comes after the paren.