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Hi folks! I'm the designer of a chorded keyboard system (ASETNIOP is the primary layout, but there's a variation that uses the Colemak home keys) and was thinking about putting together a version for traditional keyboards - it would basically be identical to the QWERTY layout but would use home keys of ASET and NIOP (with direct switches from the original ASDF and JKL; keys, so D and E would switch, F and T, etc.). It's a relatively simple change with a HUGE upside; in QWERTY about 20% of keystrokes are home keys, this would bring that up to about 45%.
Since it's such a limited amount of new things for users to learn, I am trying to decide whether it's worth developing a series of incremental "trainer" versions that switch only a single pair of keys at a time. So the first version would only switch the J and N keys (this is the most practical switch to begin with), the second would have the J/N and K/I switched, and so on.
My question is: has anyone here tried learning Colemak on an incremental basis? I'm trying to decide whether it would be easier for users to learn things on an incremental basis, or to make the switch all at once.