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I'm interested in learning Colemak but have some slightly unusual requirements and despite a few hours nosing around these forums and Google it is not clear to me (a) whether what I need will be at all straightforward and (b) what tools would be the best to look into to achieve what I want.
I don't mind putting some work in to get what I want but I'm sure folks around here can give me some early pointers that will avoid a lot of hours' wasted effort!
Here are my requirements:
1. I would ultimately aim to use a UK (ISO) variant Colemak on Windows (7 and someday 10) and Linux.
2. I want to continue using caps lock as a control key as control in its vanilla location has given me RSI in the past. I'm happy to do this with registry hacks/existing Linux tools however, so I'd be good with Colemak solutions that leave caps lock untouched.
3. I need " to be in its US-ANSI location, as the British location is insane (I've used MKML in the past to achieve this).
4. I would like to use Tarmak layouts on Windows in order to transition (when I was stuck on a Pacific island for two years I tried to learn Dvorak cold turkey and failed, so I'm pretty sure this is a dealbreaker), but they have to be for a UK layout, and keep zxcv in their QWERTY locations.
I'm a bit surprised that, apart from the Linux side, so much of this has been so difficult to achieve quickly. For instance, I'm shocked that I haven't been able to find a UK-ISO Colemak layout for Windows for download via Google.
I have tried out PKL and have played with different .ini files but it completely mashes half of my keyboard. zxcv and every symbol all move, and that isn't just inconvenient, it destroys the purpose of trying to learn Colemak in the first place.
Windows is my more urgent requirement as most of my work on Linux is done through a Windows terminal anyway. I also have trust that if I can fix this on Windows, Linux will be (relatively) easy, as that's been my experience with keyboard hacks in the past.
So, can anybody point me to downloadable resources or suggest the best tools for me to investigate to get what I want? I don't mind building my own layouts, but I would prefer to start from the closest available alternatives, and I'm not convinced I've found them.
Thanks everyone for any help!