I've been thinking more about minuum. They essentially said (and I hope they're not lying) that we'd be able to design our own layout.
A good autocorrect on a one-dimensional keyboard seems promising: you'd be able to touch-type just by remembering approximately where on the line each letter is. Probably the most newbie-friendly starting layout would be, not QWERTY, but rather the age-old:
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
since most native speakers already have a good idea how deep each letter is. This layout is also serendipitous in that it spaces out the vowels reasonably well. I can see it becoming widely adopted for those reasons alone.
Can we do better? The most important goal is to provide a good layout for autocorrect, and preferrably one that allows for significant thumb-alternation. (Unfortunately, those two goals may already be less-than-compatible, since having all the vowels next to each other, like in dvorak, is apparently bad for autocorrect.)
This would require a different sort of optimization, I think: we want to put the letters most likely to be "next" away from each other. What I mean is: if for sake of argument, "ca" was the most common opening used, and "car" and "cat" are the most common completing letters, then we want to space the r and t far away from each other to avoid confusion.
I'm not sure if this analysis is doable (or even worth doing - for one thing, it's dependent on minuum delivering on their promises). Just thought I'd put it out there in case anyone wanted to give it a shot.
Last edited by lalop (24-Apr-2013 10:58:36)