Jim66 wrote:If you are used to touch typing, the "B" is going to give you trouble, it is traditionally on the left hand.
I am not a touch typist, and I have been typing B
hand in different circumstances. The 6
key is pressed by either hand according to different schools of touch typing. Therefore, these keys are going on both
halves for now.
Any updates on this?
I made another mockup from cut-up MY switches and key caps of only two heights, and I have been evaluating that.
I had been thinking of making the key layout with vertical staggering and with columns symmetric to the left and right of the middle (finger) column so that I could use the same PCB layout for both left and right hands to save costs, but I have scrapped that idea. The hand tends to rotate so that the columns get worse than on a staggered keyboard. The pinky column really needs to be a bit more offset from the ring finger column, even if there is a height difference. Also, I should not stagger the index finger columns.
I am a bit at a conundrum, though. Because I am not a touch-typist, maybe I should not force myself into a layout that is too strict. Also, I think that I may be conditioned to a certain tactile response from the key caps that is lost if I rotate them into straight columns. I am thinking of going back to staggering the rows a bit, but keeping what I have learned about curves, key placement and key-press vectors. I also need to adjust switch placement if the switches are in a plane but the keys themselves are curved.