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Bit of an odd one this so apologies for the length. TL;DR: I'm looking for a layout that has the benefits of COLEMAK but also keeps the strong left hand dominance QWERTY has.
My right arm is amputated just below the elbow, but I can effectively press one key at a time with my right stump whilst also making use of all 5 digits of my left hand. I’ve only ever used QWERTY and basically developed my own style where the left hand covers the majority of the keyboard (I cover the usual keys used by those of you with two hands, plus the two centre columns with my left, the rest with my right stump). QWERTY ironically works quite well for this; it’s left-hand bias (a bad thing for most) is a plus for me. I don’t know exactly but I’m probably a 60-40 split for left hand vs right hand use on a QWERTY.
I’ve hacked away at this pretty well and can type fast but I am starting to get RSI in my right shoulder (place your left hand and right elbow on a keyboard at the same time and you’ll get the idea of the strain I put on my right side). I recently tried a split keyboard (Ergodox) which is magic for resolving this issue. But that’s presented another issue; I can’t reach the right-centre column with my left hand (Y,H,N in a QWERTY). I’m finding my right stump is taking more strain than it used to (offset by an easier time on my right shoulder).
That lead me to lots of layout research and COLEMAK and this great forum which has been really useful. I can clearly feel the benefits of COLEMAK in my left, but the layouts significantly shift the bias to be slightly right-hand dominant, putting a lot more work on my right stump. I thought of just flipping COLEMAK but that doesn't help as its fairly balanced in each hand.
I can just tweak COLEMAK and put more popular keys on the left, but I lose all the hard work & thinking that’s gone into it and was wondering if anybody has come across something that could help (either a left-dominated layout, or right-dominated one I could flip).
I've looked into DVORAK LH but that's a different use case to me. It’s for ONLY the left hand, you place one hand in the middle of the keyboard and therefore it doesn’t work well with a split keyboard. Also by not using my right stump I lose 1 of the 6 digits I have to use and it is very noticeable
Sorry a very specific issue but any thoughts greatly appreciated!