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I'm French (please, don't hesitate to correct me if my English is wrong) and I'm using the Bépo layout, optimized for French with Dvorak method in mind. We're very happy with it, however we think we can do (much?) better. So we begin to think at what is important? What makes a layout "ergonomic"?
After some discussions, somebody tells us that rolls (precisely, rollternance: doing 2 or 3 character with one hand and switch to the other) are better than hand alternation (it tells that it's very easy to make a mistake with too much hand alternation), then some others tell us the same things, which pick my curiosity. Some people over here (and beyond) seems to like rolls more than alternation.
This question is essential cause it's about the core of the algorithm. The "v2" will not be ready soon, and we want to take our time to discuss and make the right (if any) decision. You can think we reinvent the wheel, but no, we're trying to make something much more close to the reality. Actually, I think we'll do a "real" simulation (evaluating corpus not stats, by simulating finger and hand movements: calculating distance, tiredness, and comfort).
It seems there aren't scientific answer at the moment to determine if rolls or hand alternation are better (or equals?), and we want real people testimony. So my question is:
"Do you like much rolls than alternation? Why? If you've tested Dvorak layout, do you learned Colemak (or other rolls-optimized-layout) more quickly? Is it less tiring for the fingers?
P.-S.: we'll release our work under free as in free speech license, so it'll be possible to reuse our work!