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Current Experimental Layout

Posted by Michael Dickens on May 3, 2008

I have created a layout using common sense and tested it with my scorer program and THIS TOOL. It’s close to as good as Dvorak and Colemak.

Q W U P G K L Y C .
O R E T D H N I S A
Z X ‘ V J B M , F ;

ADVANTAGES:
-very very low same finger ratio – 2030, compared to Colemak’s 2270, Arensito’s 2872 and Dvorak’s 5448
-many digraphs roll easily: or, er, re, in, an, is, te, et
-Z, X, V, Q, W, comma, and H remain in their QWERTY positions (when I designed this layout I wasn’t trying to make it resemble QWERTY, it just turned out to share a few keys with QWERTY as an added bonus)
-keyboard shortcuts Z, X, and V (and Q and W for Macs) remain in their original positions, and O (open) is now easier to type. C has moved because it’s too common to be on the bottom in the corner

DISADVANTAGES:
-there are some awkward combinations such as FAC (face), SIC (music), LIN (line)
-it has a lot of same hand usage – 36000, compared to Colemak’s 31000 and Dvorak’s 27000, though not as much as Arensito’s 42000
-there are a lot of row jumps compared to Dvorak or Colemak, row jumps such as BY and BL
-BL, although not very common, is on the same finger AND requires jumping a row. This is probably the single hardest digraph to type.

I will be attempting to improve on this layout, and once school is out I will no longer have a need to type fast, so I will learn this layout and give further information on how it feels.

EDIT: I have created 2 new versions, based on this layout.
Q W U P G B L Y C .
O R E T D H N I S A
Z X ‘ V J K M , F ;
On this version I switched B and K. Even though I think B’s current position is harder to hit, and B is more common than K, I did this because it makes the BL digraph a lot more comfortable. Even though it’s not very common, as it was, it was super uncomfortable to type, not only using the index finger twice, but skipping over the home row.

Q W U P G B L C Y .
A R E T D H N S I O
Z X ‘ V J K M F , ;
This version is made to be easy to learn when coming from Colemak. I find that moving a key to the same position on the opposite hand is very annoying. Colemak places A on the left pinky and O on the right, so I made this version with that in mind. That made the OF digraph uncomfortable, so I flipped 2 rows. An added bonus of that is that it puts I and , in their Colemak positions.

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2 Responses to “Current Experimental Layout”

  1. Kelly Dickens said

    Did anyone else see those F-15s doing maneuvers over downtown Austin on May 2, 2008?

    Why isn’t this story on any news service?

    ???

  2. Bill said

    What do F-15s have to do with keyboard layouts?

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