stevep99 said: ghen said:
According to the layout analyser, this layout is actually worse than the one only swapping E/K.
That's because in my layout analyzer, the Qwerty E key position is by default rated slightly worse than the Qwerty A position.
I think the QWERTY E position is an easy one to reach, because the middle finger is longer than the other fingers, so you can keep all your other fingers on the home row and still hit it with ease. The QWERTY "E" and "I" keys are probably the two most accessible keys on the top row.
In practice, I almost never hit the "A" key with my little finger as I'm supposed to. My hand moves to the left and I hit it with my ring finger. (I hadn't even consciously realised this until I thought about it just now.) That's probably why I make so many mistakes while typing - my hands are constantly moving out of position to accommodate the awkward keyboard layout. I suspect many QWERTY typists do the same sort of thing.
When I tried to learn Dvorak, I made a point of always keeping strictly to the correct finger positions, and one thing I noticed that there was a lot more strain on my left-hand little finger. The "A" key hadn't moved, but my hand had moved.
So I think I would rate QWERTY "E" position above QWERTY "A" position, myself.
I think that's not unreasonable, as most people seem to think the four home keys are best. The key-effort ratings are adjustable though, so GuyBarry can adjust the effort values of the A and E keys if he desires, to try to find a layout that's perfect for him :P
I'll have a play around with the ratings then. Thanks very much for coming up with the analyser - it's extremely useful!