I’m planning on a small split keyboard next, and I’m thinking about the best layout I could use on such a small thing. I don’t mind chording much, but a big problem is remembering where each non-standard key is, so I came up with a sort of a system.
This is my current plan:
The thinking is as follows:
- Use planck-like “raise” and “lower”, because that works for me and lets me avoid having to press three keys at once,
- The top two rows (function keys and numbers) basically get squished on top, on separate layer.
- The third row of that layer is used for all the symbols from the left side of the keyboard, and the arrows.
- Shifts get squished inside using the hold/tap mechanism.
- All the operation keys go on thumbs, with hold/tap for modifiers.
- Whatever is left goes on the second function on the function keys.
This gives me some nice properties: keys are mostly where you expect them, numbers are on the home row, symmetric symbols are all on the same keys.
There are also some problems: you can’t press alt+esc or ctrl+tab, the backslash is in a weird place, the grave accent and tilde are not even on one key anymore, the arrows are on the left hand and not in a T shape.
I’m testing it right now using my Flatreus with some keycaps removed:
What do you think?