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I did search the forum, but could not really find anything suitable for my question. So even though it might surely have been asked before, here it goes:
Some backstory: I'm interested in a new layout. Currently and all my life so far I have been using QWERTZ, the German variation of QWERTY, on a German keyboard (yes with umlauts). I did look at Colemak maybe two years ago for a brief time, also at mod-DH and the wide spread (ergo?) variation and also started making an adaptation for my use case using Ukelele on Mac. But then stopped all this because of life things and general lack of time and interest.
Some other notes: I sit in front of a computer for work and also in parts for private. I communicate in English and German (but am currently unable to give exact percentages). I use vim, but don't write code. I like to use shortcuts in MacOS and Linux, including bash shortcuts. And now I'm trying to find out what kind of layout would suit me. I know it is highly personal, but maybe some others have had similar experiences, especially when it comes to not only English.
Currently I'm undecided between Colemak (not sure if plain or with a mod), neo2 (which is optimized for German, but seems to work well in English as well) or AdNW (a variation of neo2 for which people claim that it is better then neo2). I know this is the Colemak forum, but still I thought this is suited here.
- Colemak is not very different then QWERTZ/Y and therefore I suspect it is easier to learn0
- C. is also available by default in Mac and Linux
- C. has no umlauts by default. Yes there is a German variation of it, but then we have no default integration anymore
- What about shortcuts? and vim? (I saw there is a vim colemak plugin)
- neo2 is optimized for German, so yeah umlauts and should also work with English
- It is present on Linux by default and also has good drivers for MacOS
- It is very different, so more learning time?
- It has additional layers with navigation keys and special characters; more learning, but could be very useful (maybe)
- AdNW is always a custom install as far as I can tell
- it is also very different, so same learning curve as neo2 I guess
- Layers, etc. are similar to neo2
I guess my thought process is that I would suspect Colemak would be easier for me to learn (I could be wrong here), but neo2/AdNW seem to have other advantages over Colemak. I seem to be especially put off about having to push an additional modifier for umlauts in Colemak, even though I can't tell if this would really be an issue once I would learn it. Any experiences?