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Locale Colemak variants for several countries (the eDreymaR way)!

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Similarly, the modern Georgian keyboard layout is, more or less phonetically, based on Qwerty as well (the traditional typewriter layout is no longer used).  Although the Georgian Mkhedruli alphabet has 33 letters, it has no capital letters, so by putting extra letters on Shift and AltGr, they were able to occupy only the standard letter block, and keep all numbers and symbols in original Qwerty position.  This allows for another straight-forward Colemak variant:

ქ წ ფ პ გ ჯ ლ უ ყ ; [ ]
 ა რ ს ტ დ ჰ ნ ე ი ო '
  ზ ხ ც ვ ბ კ მ , . /

I don't know the Georgian language at all, so this is just a theoretical exercise, but in xkb it would look like this:

partial alphanumeric_keys
xkb_symbols "colemak" {
    include "ge(basic)"

    name[Group1]= "Georgian (Colemak)";

    key <AD01> { [ Georgian_khar, Q                            ] };
    key <AD02> { [ Georgian_cil,  Georgian_char                ] };
    key <AD03> { [ Georgian_phar, F,             Georgian_fi   ] };
    key <AD04> { [ Georgian_par,  P                            ] };
    key <AD05> { [ Georgian_gan,  G,             0x010010f9    ] };
    key <AD06> { [ Georgian_jhan, Georgian_zhar, 0x010010f7    ] };
    key <AD07> { [ Georgian_las,  L                            ] };
    key <AD08> { [ Georgian_un,   U                            ] };
    key <AD09> { [ Georgian_qar,  Y,             0x010010f8    ] };
    key <AD10> { [ semicolon,     colon                        ] };

    key <AC01> { [ Georgian_an,   A,             0x010010fa    ] };
    key <AC02> { [ Georgian_rae,  Georgian_ghan, 0x010000ae    ] };
    key <AC03> { [ Georgian_san,  Georgian_shin                ] };
    key <AC04> { [ Georgian_tar,  Georgian_tan                 ] };
    key <AC05> { [ Georgian_don,  D                            ] };
    key <AC06> { [ Georgian_hae,  H,             Georgian_hoe  ] };
    key <AC07> { [ Georgian_nar,  N,             0x010010fc    ] };
    key <AC08> { [ Georgian_en,   E,             Georgian_he   ] };
    key <AC09> { [ Georgian_in,   I,             Georgian_hie  ] };
    key <AC10> { [ Georgian_on,   O                            ] };

    key <AB01> { [ Georgian_zen,  Georgian_jil                 ] };
    key <AB02> { [ Georgian_xan,  X,             Georgian_har  ] };
    key <AB03> { [ Georgian_can,  Georgian_chin, 0x010000a9    ] };
    key <AB04> { [ Georgian_vin,  V,             Georgian_we   ] };
    key <AB05> { [ Georgian_ban,  B                            ] };
    key <AB06> { [ Georgian_kan,  K                            ] };
    key <AB07> { [ Georgian_man,  M                            ] };

    include "capslock(backspace)"
    include "level3(ralt_switch)"
    include "space(level4)"

};
Last edited by ghen (10-Mar-2018 16:36:55)
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Any Qwerty-based layout can systemetically be remapped to Colemak in the same way.
The following sed script does so for xkb layouts:

#!/bin/sed -f
  
s/AC04/AD03/;t  # E>F
s/AD05/AC04/;t  # F>T
s/AC05/AD05/;t  # T>G
s/AC03/AC05/;t  # G>D
s/AC02/AC03/;t  # D>S
s/AD04/AC02/;t  # S>R
s/AD10/AD04/;t  # R>P
s/AC10/AD10/;t  # P>;
s/AD09/AC10/;t  # ;>O
s/AD06/AD09/;t  # O>Y
s/AC07/AD06/;t  # Y>J
s/AB06/AC07/;t  # J>N
s/AC08/AB06/;t  # N>K
s/AD03/AC08/;t  # K>E

s/AC09/AD07/;t  # U>L
s/AD08/AC09/;t  # L>I
s/AD07/AD08/;t  # I>Y

This can be applied to the layout to be shuffled from within vim: use "v" to visually select the layout section and pipe it through the script: "! sed -f colemakize.sed | sort -k 2r,2.4", and save the result as a new colemak layout.  Voila. :-)

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I did create a layout meant to be a semi colemak pheonetic layout
For example ו is a very common letter and it can mean ouvw. So I made it o
And ב is a common costant that usually means b, but sometimes v. So I placed that on v
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It actually ends up quite close to my other layout
I might actually use this if no actual good layout for hebrew emerges from my efforts
Some other swaps: E evolved from the same letter as ה. Same for ח and h
ש means both s and sh as known. It's also a lot more useful,  Appearing almost 3 times as much in the text I used.
ף should be moved somewhere. IDK where. Or ץ but that is the lesser used letter.

I call this layout "colemak but it destroys your left pinky"

Last edited by Kasher_CS (27-Feb-2019 07:13:01)
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I have created a variation for Spanish in Latin American version for windows.

Here is my post


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2-Shft.jpg
3-AltGr.jpg

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This is nothing more than a "Keep Local Symbols" variant, is it? So please state that in your posts, please.

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