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I recently started taking interest in alternative layouts, and of course, Colemak appears as a serious one, especially for its international diffusion (I have not tried it yet). However, concerning German typing, I have noticed some embarrassing points (I know that a layout can hardly be perfect, especially as it was conceived english in mind) :
- a “high” rate of same-finger-digraphs (without counting letters repeated) : about 2.8% (vs 1.1% in English); here I list the main digraphs : SC (of course, 0.76%), E, (0.28%), HL, HN, EU, GT, HM, NK, UE (0.1-0.2%), etc… with 1% under the only right index;
- an overloading of the right index, with 23% of the typing, and of the right middle finger, with 21% of the typing;
- an imbalance of hands distribution (43% vs 57%, you can guess who’s who);
- the odd EIN trigraph, second german trigraph (behind ICH) with 0.96% of the typing.
(I precise that I made my study on a german corpus of about 1MB, results may slightly vary with a different one, but the main thing is here; I use for my study a program that I have coded in Ada)
I am not here to take Colemak down (it is always better balanced and with 4.2% less of same-finger-digraphs than QWERTY), I know there are German users, and I just ask them (and anyone who read this post) to share their experience, particularly on the listed points, and to discuss it.
I know there is some others post approaching this issue, I read them, but these posts mostly deal with SC (C can be typed with index, but not on a orthogonal keyboard) or EIN, and I am more focused on the fingers and hands balance, particularly on the right index (is it not too hard to have a quarter of typing on one finger, with 1% of typing of same-finger-digraphs, plus 1.1% with letters repeated ?)
Thank you for your answers :)