What layout would best be optimized by the TextBlade/Planck style ortholinear style keyboards?
I don’t know why I decided to start investigating keyboard layouts again this afternoon… Well actually I do… I was binge watching Buck Rogers (yeah I am old school), and saw a keyboard on the show that got me thinking. Due to the layers of the TextBlade, Planck, or any other ortholinear keyboard with programmable layers, you can really start rethinking the layout for optimization. Once you no longer need to stretch to get to keys (especially on the TextBlade), the computer modeling and optimizations of layouts can really come into play.
I know there is a lot of research out there on layouts but as I was searching around probably 20 different keyboard layouts including many new ones for me (Workman, Norman, Asset, Minimak), I came across one I am really interested in… THE-1 in which I found a document here.
THE-1 Keyboard Layout (Nicholas Sterling is the author)
*** Edited as he swapped B and V to allow better connection to 'V words
It has some interesting characteristics that cause me to think outside the box… ZXCV does not need to be where it is on the TextBlade because of layers. I know I have seen many various discussions on this forum regarding layouts. QWERTY, DVORAK, COLEMAK are the most common I have seen here with a few others sparingly mentioned.
With the amazingly small layout of the TextBlade, would it make sense to determine if, due to a new paradigm, it could be improved? I am really thinking about migrated to THE-1 and may even request a set of non labeled key caps to use on my backup TREG unit to transition.
We, as a human population, are amazingly adept in learning new things… even as a 48 year old, I can pick up something new. With the possibility of 12 BT slots and multiple dongles for a single TB I am pretty confident when this finally goes to market and I can leverage 12 slots I will never need to use another keyboard again. I will have a TB with me at all times and a spare dongle with me to use anywhere needed.
Once I eliminate the need for another keyboard then migrating to something that is completely radically different will not matter. Especially as I have 3 TB on order… 1 QWERTY, 1 COLEMAK, and 1 Legend Free.
Would love to get others insights. Want to focus on speed of typing regardless of what you have learned on. typing THE and IONS as splats makes a lot of sense in english at least.
Let the battle begin ;*)