- Fred B. Fox
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- Registered: 09-Mar-2016
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Hey guys - I am a young fellow who uses his keyboard really only to journal and write down thougths in other ways.
I have been learning Colemak since nearly one week now so I am "writing" this at about 15 wpm (coming from ~75 wpm with QWERTZ (German/EU layout). Since I started I liked some keyplacements more than others. Thus, I have changed a few keys that you see below.
This is STANDARD COLEMAK with heatmap overlay of a few thousand words English and German Journaling
(I did not swap period with comma - the layout picture is incorrect)
Letter Frequency in the English language overall
(ignore red lines)
L to M because
L is more frequent and to reach it I would have to stretch my index far / move up my whole arm
M to K because
M is less frequent than L (L is easier to reach than M here)
K to L because
K is less frequent than M and L
Swapped Q with G because
Reaching G with my left pinkie is more comfortable to me than stretching my index / arm
Oh, and I have small hands.
Overall, I made these changes in order to let my hands rest in a more relaxed (angled) position as I become more adapt to the layout.
So far it has worked well for me - better than the standard layout. It feels more comfortable to me because my hands have to stretch less. Again, I do not program at all, I only write text.
What do you guys think about it?
Am I making big mistakes?
Why aren't my changes already implemented in Colemak? :P