Our thumbs are best used for sucking while waiting for something sweeter. Enter and e are on one thumb. Are your hands ready for this? If I had bought a Dacytl-Manuform then the Maltron layout might have been my choice, but Colemak DH seems the go-to place for orhtolinear keyboards (and stagger columns like the Moonlander). I'll say up front that I use neither Dvorak nor Colemak, but have used a Maltron (using the Malt layout) since about 1986. With the others I need to hack it so that 'e' is excluded. [see Maltron vs Dvorak keyboard Layout] Easier to learn than e.g. Give us something to work with though. If you overdid it you'd end up putting too much load on the thumb. I have begun modifying my keyboards to have thumb keys and want to choose the best layout possible with this in mind. @proword have you ever tried the Datahand or have you been blissfully happy with your Maltron since 1986? As noted in a previous post, the Maltron website, http://www.maltron.com/keyboard-info.html, has a couple of interesting pages to read, including the academic papers by Lillian Malt and Stephen Hobday (for those of an inquiring mind), and also a couple of word lists, which give interesting data such as the number of different words that can be typed using only the "home row" keys on both Maltron, http://www.maltron.com/keyboard-info/word-lists.html, http://www.maltron.com/keyboard-info/wo … ayout.html. The Maltron layout already looks very good and performs well in simulations, but I can't help but believe that it isn't fully optimized. If you glance at geekhack, the majority appear to shun their laptop keyboards for something bigger and better. A couple of points which perhaps I may be able to clarify for you. I think that Colemak needs a wide layout to be comfortable, since it keeps you on the home row. Nice writeup Joe(proword), look forward to exploring your links. Even with a standard ISO keyboard layout, you can get a key under the right thumb by letting the pinky have ENTER. MALTRON - 7639 words can be typed without taking the fingers from the home keys. But this is an experiment for later. 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. They aren't as strong as you might thing; sure, they're strong when you're grasping something, but the angle they're at while typing doesn't utilize those strong thumb muscles. The comma and period are more frequent than KVJZXQ. I still need to compare directly against Maltron with shift on the thumbs - that should close the gap significantly. Your layout is a great optimization. When I have a PKL file for such a Colemak, I'll be sure to make it available. I worry about the risks of swapping physical device - and as such my cravings for alternative keyboards are diminishing. However, it isn't a practical alternative for most people due to the keyboard price (which needs to be multiplied if using several computers, e.g. 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 would put space and enter under the right thumb, and (either shift or backspace) and tab under the left thumb. But does it really? @pinkyache - have you seen the frogpad? I'm sure that there are more glitchy words but I hope that the gain that is possible by moving E has been demonstrated. it's only available for desktop computers which are now a shrinking minority of computers. People think Colemak is great because it is easier to learn, but in reality they are deluding themselves thinking that it is better than more advanced alternative layouts. For some of us we like sticking to the familiar. Shift is probably the easiest, and it's still harder to measure than any normal character. The posts here and at geekhack about chorded keyboards and dead keys made me think that the limitation of low same finger could be eliminated if the thumb were to act as a dead key. Sorry to drop in unannounced like this, but as the old saying goes, I was just passing by and I heard some interesting things being talked about. As reseaches pointed out, the index finger is the best finger, next is the middle finger. If coming from QWERTY, only a couple of keys move between hands. About lack of 'bites'. It's an aspirational design goal! 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For example modifying a standard keyboard to make use of the thumb to strike "E" won't necessarily replicate "Maltronic" motion of the key, since on the "flat" keyboard the space bar merely moves up and down, in the one plane, which could possibly result in a suboptimal performance.
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