Thanks for the interest! Thirdly, each keyboard is built to the individual's requirements re key layout, whether trackball included etc. Living in Western Australia, it took several weeks for my single handers to arrive from the UK, but it was worth the wait. Going one tiny step further, it would be easy to swap the "LZ" digraph to see if it made a difference. Darn things crippled me. (Touch typists mostly don't look at the labels anyway.) I think that you can only optimize with code to a point, though, and that the last tweaks require a human to really see what is awkward. I'm still relatively new to touch typing, about 9 months with a new layout. RE: Hardware. ****** Check out my Big Bag of Keyboard Tricks for Win/Linux/TMK... ***. But now that I do, I guess it's because laptops and 3D keyboards don't go well together. If you have any questions about the Maltron itself (though obviously not in respect of Colemak) please feel free to contact me either via this board, or send me an email. In the question “What are the best keyboard layouts for programming?” Colemak is ranked 1st while Maltron Letter Layout is ranked 15th. I would put space and enter under the right thumb, and (either shift or backspace) and tab under the left thumb. This will allow one to intuitively access popular shortcuts, but the truth is that the placement of these keys is a compromise in terms of actual typing ergonomics. The most important reason people chose Colemak is: http://mkweb.bcgsc.ca/carpalx/?de_correspondent. The comma and period are more frequent than KVJZXQ. I'm waiting to hear back from A Radley, who made the analysis tool at http://www.codesharp.co.uk/dvorak/ that allows for thumb keys. I would go one step further and make 2 A keys (moving Q) and O keys (moving ;) to give the pinkies an easier time of hitting these vowels. This would have a learning overhead, but may have a high top speed ceiling. I actually like the idea of this key being large because it becomes easier to hit and gives the pinky more flexibility for movement when doing  combinations of 'iou'. Like Dvorak, this layout privileges English letter frequency, and lacks accented letters.Since the topic is about programming, the argument is weak as most code is written in English, yet you don't want to learn a layout to type code, and another to type in your native language...But the problem isn't specific to Colemak, it is tied to all "ergonomic" layouts, and might have no solution. Even with a standard ISO keyboard layout, you can get a key under the right thumb by letting the pinky have ENTER. Colemak is invented around 2005. In the question“What are the best keyboard layouts for programming?” Colemak is ranked 1st while Maltron Letter Layout is ranked 14th. I've been thinking about which keys on the keyboard I like and also the kind of motions that I like. I've not used other word processor packages (eg Open Office) so I couldn't comment on the feasibility of such a conversion. For all of Colemak's focus on optimizing English bigrams, the second-most used English bigram, "HE", is still kind of awkward due to same-hand lateral motion. This keeps the thumbs' workload at a moderate level and I find it to be aesthetically pleasing. it's only available for desktop computers which are now a shrinking minority of computers. And don't like the idea of wasted investments (time and practice with layout on keyboard.). Great idea, and now I want one of these things. Vim was designed on QWERTY. I'm sure that there are more glitchy words but I hope that the gain that is possible by moving E has been demonstrated. When comparing Colemak vs Maltron Letter Layout, the Slant community recommends Colemak for most people. I'm not a big fan of putting h and d on the middle columns, since then you need to move your hand for the two most common words. Eventually I will make my own keyboard, but at first I will probably just assign 1-2 keys to each. Is your code also able to evaluate the Maltron layout or similar? Clinically proven to reduce and prevent keyboard related pain. It is a moderately common digraph, but in fact the "L" is not on the home row, so in order to type it, the hand must leave the home row in any case, so to move the ring finger into position is no great difficulty. You have to move from the home row for 'and' but to a very nice spot. I've now got 6 keyboards (including the two single handers) and have never had a problem with any of them. It uses chording with two digits according to wikipedia. Getting slightly off topic I've met both Stephen and Pam Hobday on a couple of occasions when they visited Perth. QWERTY - 198 words can be typed without taking the fingers from the home keys. Can I at least get some opinions as to which of the vowel arrangements people think are best? 1/ All vowels on left hand, 1 vowel per finger, e on thumb2/ All vowels on left hand,  like the following, low digraph frequency where they share a finger. It's certainly true that few people are interested in going beyond the limitations of the keyboard design that is given to us. Part of the additional difficulty with evaluating some of the extra keys is that it's difficult to gauge their frequency. When buying a Maltron, you can specify dual-engraved key tops with both layouts (in different colours), so I see no reason why the keen experimenter should not make up some sticky keytop labels with triple letters. I have visited your website a few times and read your posts about optimizing for an ergonomic keyboard. For the latter analyzer, which doesn't allow for thumb keys, I remove 'e' from the corpus used. As for others - you have a point. Work with modifiers - like the guy who does developers Dvorak. I'll say up front that I use neither Dvorak nor Colemak, but have used a Maltron (using the Malt layout) since about 1986. The distinguishing feature of Maltron layout is that the key e is positioned for the thumb. I think that Colemak needs a wide layout to be comfortable, since it keeps you on the home row. Perhaps there were no bites as you posted during the Christian holiday! Again, you may or may not be interested in this blog, http://proword-transcription.blogspot.com/. Similarly for 'ht'. ctrl, option, and other modifier keys would also go under the thumbs. How about transposing all the keys up a row and ripping out the space bar.You've got the numbers on the numpad anyway, and it would make the function keys more accessible (well at least on my keyboard where I have a 1cm channel between the number row and function keys.). Although I like the benefits of two hand typing - being able to use just one hand would be quite nice. As for whether the thumbs can handle the load. Nice writeup Joe(proword), look forward to exploring your links. I had another idea for a layout. In this layout, both 'the' and 'and' are very easy to type. vowels like. is to my blog where I give a much more detailed analysis of what I consider makes for a truly ergonomic keyboard. If I were to want anything - I'd like to have less buttons on the keyboard. What are your opinions on this? PS If you are interested in single handed keyboard, Maltron does a very nice matching pair, for either hand, which I'm currently trying to teach myself how to use with the shorthand described above. Between the Colemak and Maltron layouts you can get a very good idea of what letters go well together on the same column to minimise same finger. Here are some stats using A Radley's code and the first part of Huck. It's almost the same experience with Maltron, when people see me keying in shorthand. @proword have you ever tried the Datahand or have you been blissfully happy with your Maltron since 1986? I suppose that that could happen if we didn't start from scratch. I take my brilliantly crappy usb rubber dome keyboard with me on my travels. It probably won't be of any benefit for games or programming, but for many other uses ... well, I'll leave it up to you. (My first keyboard is one of hers.). But does it really? Cheap Test Drives: Footswitch, Maltron, Vertical Keyboards and The Wide Mod. I've contacted Martin Krzywinski from Carpalx, who doesn't have time to work on this actively but would like to be informed of the progress. I'm at work so I can't do much more for now, but let me know what you think of the layouts, and where there could be improvements. Dvorak layout is invented in 1936. As observed previously, on the Maltron keyboard the E is considered a home key because it is activated by the left thumb, with the right thumb hitting the space bar. I wonder what optimal layout could be made as similar to colemak as possible that would move the E to the left thumb that way. The layout. Our thumbs are best used for sucking while waiting for something sweeter.

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