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I have years ago tried to covert to dvorak, however the massive brain rewiring gave me headaches. In my opinion the popularity of qwerty is still high because it overall is quite good.
One can always try to improve under constraints such as:
* maximize the middle row use and non-consecutive finger (dvorak),
* maximize the middle row, minimize pinky use and easy transition from QWERTY (colemak)
* minimize translation and optimize favorite finger use (workman)
but I don’t think it is realistic any of these will ever be popular, simply because of the hundreds of hours it takes for the brain to rewire from QWERTY.
Based on all of your great ideas I have played with the idea of creating a keyboard with super easy transition from QWERTY, which in my view is the most important constraint. Now consider the “workman key score” on QWERTY and the Wikipedia list of the most used english letters: “etaoin shrdlu cmfwyp vbgkjq xz”. I noticed only a few letters which didn’t really fit the grade:
Most used: T (4), N (3), H (3), R(3)
Least used: J (1), K (1), F (1)
The easy solution to these few problems are remapping of: T F, N J, H K. So only six keys are moved – no keys shifts hand – only H-K shifts finger.
A minor tweak could be D R, but as they are used almost equally it wouldn’t gain much reduced finger distance and it is at the cost of shifting finger. Another tweak I found neat is shifting of Y with J, because it is used much more. Note that the keys don’t change finger.
I therefore propose QWERFJ, which is heavily based on QWERTY so an easy transition is possible.
N -> J -> Y -> (QWERTY N).
Only seven keys are moved – no keys shifts hand – only H-K shifts finger. The whole map looks like:
Q W E R F J U I O P
A S D T G K N H L ;
Z X C V B Y M , .
I’m currently using it and I’m impressed with how easy it is (my speed is currently about half after only a couple of hours). I planning to write my thesis using it in the near future.
So what do you think about it?