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When I visited this forum( as a part of my quest to find the best layout possible, I've been reading forums, doing my own research etc etc), I realized I'm late to this field :). Good to see the sheer amount of hard work, diligent research and enthusiasm, fervor and frenzy that has gone into this field ever since one man brought up an idea of a scientifically designed alphabetic layout, Dvorak, especially in this small community of few hundred members by Colemak developer.. Probably the most active forum on keyboard designs. I appreciate one and all, the creator and his co-enthusiasts. Also heartening is to see the constructive nature of dialogues here rather than rants, ridicules and ramblings we get to see in many public forums…
Well, I'll go with a bit more on the intro part, I want to. I didn't want to initially, but as I started writing, I felt it's more appropriate to elaborate on what I'm and how I and why I'm interested in this subject, so that it gives u a better picture. I beg your pardon and YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO READ MY SECOND POST ALONE WHICH IS WHAT REALLY IS ABOUT MY LAYOUT.
I top out at 70 wpm on QWERTY and ranges from 40 to 70 wpm depending on the quality of the keyboards. As I encounter a myriad range of keyboards (the same QWERTY of different manufacturers), I realize how important the quality of keyboard and its ergonomics are. There are of course better and worse ways to be typing. Now my speed is not as high as anything serious, but I decided to drop it there as I could quickly realize QWERTY is a poor design. Alas, I only tried to ponder about alternatives recently and I could read all what u too must have come across. Regarding Dvorak, I was impressed with his design principles, but I could readily notice that he hasn't maximized his own design principles. Also deeply unimpressed with his loading of right pinky.
As a person who has spared quite a lot of time and effort on this topic, I believe I really understand the ins and outs (as you all do) of this art of keyboard of keyboard designing, say for instance why there occur difference of opinion on technical specs of the same layout when evaluated by different people (‘coz of the corpus being nonlinear) or why different people end up in different layouts( the algorithm revolving around the highly subjective cost, penalty etc being different and also ‘coz of the limitation of our computers to calculate all the possible layouts); and I do feel there's a way to solve this, more or less. Please excuse me for not furnishing a lot of details on all that, my intent now with this post is just to know your feedback on the layout I manually designed just now. I don't wanna detail further, let me just point some quick thoughts why I tried designing a layout of my own:
• As mentioned earlier, dvorak doesn't maximize his own design principles; also he loads right pinky to a painful level. I just start with the first major alternative I saw, studied and tried.
• Most importantly, I give aesthetics a lot of importance and I don't wish to see punctuations getting clubbed along alphabets. Well, not many fall under my school of thought, but that's OK-I'm just citing reasons for why I tried my own design.
• Many of the layouts out there- almost all the notable layouts - distributes finger load non-uniformly. For instance, Colemak has left pinky more used (slightly) than left ring finger- It's ok as left pinky isn't over loaded. But many other layouts are really worse in this aspect, notably Arenisto. It could be well with the statistics I have with me, so I'm not sure about this criticism of mine.
• Many layouts have misplaced keys, i.e. I've an idea that this and that letters shouldn't fall in certain places. E.g. C in Colemak, B in my own design (in the next post) etc.
• Many of the layouts out here have been designed for a standard keyboard which is excruciatingly awful in my opinion. I meant the standard keyboard not your layouts. I say this because an ergonomic keyboard will have slightly different design principles.
• I want the best layout possible, so shortcut constraints are not my cup of tea.