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I've been working on a layout for personal use, and I've kind of reached my limit of understanding of the pitfalls of layout design. Before I invest a lot of time learning this, I'd like to see if there are any obvious gotchas I should avoid.
Let me start with a quick explanation of why I've done this:
I've got small hands and some developing arthritis that make certain "normal" typing conventions difficult for me. (For instance, it's easier for me to type QWERTY's R with my left middle finger than to stretch my index finger to reach it.
I've come up with this tentatively:
In a perfect world I'd like to have a more frequently used letter where B is (I find reaching up with my right ring finger very comfortable), but most of the available options either make digraphs with O or I or create imbalances otherwise. I'd also, in a perfect world, switch F and K, since the reach to F is longer than the reach to K, but F is much more common than K. Also, the locations of O and I are pretty much interchangeable. I chose to put I on the pinky since I often miss the apostrophe when I'm reaching for it so since I've already hit the I with my pinky I can just pop over one. If anyone actually wanted to try this I'd probably recommend trying it both ways to see what is more natural for you.
I felt in the end that this was a decent compromise. It started out sort of workman inspired but I think I've moved quite a bit around at this point.
I tried to keep Z C V X F G and Q on the left hand for key shortcuts, which is limiting but fortunately doable.
I don't think this would work super well with the traditional finger-to-key assignment, but it at least simulates as usable on the keyboard layout analyzer with my finger mapping.
Help is much appreciated!
P.S. a big thanks to whomever made the Keyboard Layout Analyzer and PKL. They're both super useful!