After reading through the post Origin/practicality of HHKB the bottom row? I got to thinking it would be nice to make a Unix/Sun/HHKB-inspired layout that not only fit in a 15u wide 60% case but also had dedicated arrow keys*. What can I say?
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I want it all.
I attempted such a feat of layout legerdemain on KLE with various trade-offs and adjustments here and there, sometimes trying to maximize for aesthetics and symmetry, sometimes for standard keycap sizes, and now and then for pure “what if?” (like with the half-height arrow keys (and yes, I know there aren’t any half-height mechanical switches)). Each variant has the same general principle, though the navigation configuration and sizes of the blockers at the corners may vary. I tried to mark each non-standard sized key. This image is but one variant, with a line nav (there are ten more if you hate this one. Don’t Miss #11, It Will Shock You):
Am I late to the party, and has someone built a version of this? I wanna see! I’m not picky… handwired, one-off PCB, or GB — and if so and there is a GB, pls gib
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On the other hand, if this is a novel concept, please rip it to shreds for me. Sure, sure, I’m looking for validation that it’s cool, but more so I’m looking for criticism about where I might have chosen badly and things I didn’t think of. If there’s one of the variants of the layout that tickles your fancy more than the others, please elucidate! **
Thank you for coming to my Keebtalk.
** though please let’s not get into whether the backslash key should be mod-colored or not. Symmetry demands it. Logic forbids it. There are some wars that cannot be won by mortals. At least we can all agree that a 1.5u backslash key is bananas.