An ideal solution would be two variants, vanilla and DH. I think MS would be aware that vanilla has a solid base of users (5000? more?) but as for DH they don't know. If Dvorak can have loads of variants I'd say two is all we need.
Of course Colemak-ⲔⲰ[eD] is very radical, as I'm fairly sure no layout that is on by default mixes it up this much (if you want the best you have to go underground). The most realistic proposition would be just the addition of Colemak vanilla, as MS would look to their competition to judge what should be included (Android, Mac OS, even Linux) for what to include out of the box, which supports vanilla and not DH. If we were going to poke MS over this, that should probably be the proposition.
If MS would include an ANSI supported layout, where do we begin on the path to making Colemak an ANSI supported layout?
EDIT: As for settling down comfortably, this forum has had twelve years in which case some change was bound to happen. While there are thousands of vanilla Colemak users who never post in here, this forum couldn't have discussed the same vanilla layout for that long. So taking a step back, I think vanilla Colemak is quite the established and well-used layout.
EDIT 2: ANSI Application Fee (nonrefundable): $5,000 Nope
EDIT 3: Basically, just get a lot more people to use the layout, develop a commercial interest in some company in producing a physical keyboard for it, said company with a lot of money files ANSI. Or more realistically MS would make an exception if enough people would want this feature on their OS. Easy peasy let's get to work gentlemen
Last edited by NottNott (19-Jul-2018 12:59:03)