For a hundred and fifty years, no one has dared to massively redesign Klava, the last one looks like this for Apple. Let’s move the buttons a little and see how we can do better.
To begin with, we will hide the background to work only with the buttons
Our fingers bend back and forth, not diagonally, so the buttons need to be aligned in columns.
The length of the side keys was needed only to compensate for the shift, we will shorten the buttons back. Do not rush to bomb in a short enter, we will move it more comfortably.
The next problem is that the buttons are distributed unevenly, but the right hand still has cursors and a mouse. We will fix it.
For symmetry, we will shorten and align the space in the center, the left edge of the buttons will stand up exactly. The right edge still needs to be stretched, because the clave should be beautiful.
Pinky shifts are the first mistake of humanity, and the second is a big gap. We move the shifts under the thumb, it’s much more convenient this way. There is a place for other buttons.
Kapslok, as a function, is not needed by anyone, and if you need it, it is easy to replace it with a double-press of the shift, as on an iPhone. On the other hand, the backspace is needed like air, we put it in the place of the capslok, it is easy to press with your little finger.
We just put the Touch id anywhere, we’ll deal with it later. We got Klava, which is shorter by one and a half columns.
It is inconvenient to press small arrows, we do large ones, at the same time we have taken up all the places for the buttons.
Alas, it is inconvenient to type on such a keyboard, because the hands grow from the shoulders, not from the stomach. I like split keys, so I just divide them in half so that I can turn them as conveniently as possible.
The space is divided in half, but now it stands right in the corners of the keyboard.
The right is still loaded, we will push the buttons.
We transfer the arrows to the second layer on the IJKL buttons, to activate the layer, add a special button to the right of the space bar. This is more difficult to learn, but it is very convenient in everyday work. The right shift and commands are not needed, but AltGr is needed for all languages. Enter was right at the little finger, okay. Touchaydi is now also in the corner (although you can completely without it, let the camera recognize it).
Align the F-keys, and put the escape instead of the right space (one on the left hand is enough for you), Vim users will like this arrangement. Alternatively, you can swap the enter and escape in places. There was a gap in the cold, but this size is enough. After pushing the buttons, we release another column, symmetrically.
The presence of the second layer of cursors must be signed, painted them in the color of Klava.
I change the layout itself: I want to strengthen the buttons with a shift. See:
. → :
, → ;
‘ → ”
I also want to put all the closing brackets for the shift: you need to type only the opening one, the second one should almost always appear itself in the application.
You can still move a lot of things, but that’s enough for today. On the table, Klava will lie at an angle, in the center there is a place for a mouse, tea, a cat.
The trackpad will fit well in the middle, at the same time using it with two hands. Remember, there used to be Apple Magic Wand? You can fix the clave rigidly, there will be no problems with turning the brushes at this distance.
Compared with the size of a full-size keyboard.
If you reduce the top row by half the height, the touchpad will be smaller and the keyboard will be even shorter.
If such bold changes are not for you, then it can be simpler: we change the shift of the left half to the opposite, in order to take into account the direction of the left hand from the shoulder. The empty space in the center can be filled with a button from the ISO layout and slightly increase the G and H. Or was it a place for a trackpoint?
A huge plus of such a modest redesign is that it can be applied not only to an external keyboard, but also to a laptop.
In reality, everything is much more complicated: this layout breaks the shortcuts, millions of people need to be retrained for it, etc. It’s good that these are not my working problems.
What should I do if it burns a lot now and I want to change something in the keyboard?
Try the Universal layout
Buy an ergonomic keyboard. For example, see what they release on Kickstarter: the keys for each finger are made, modifiers can be pressed with the base of the thumb, and the entire key is tilted at an angle. It’s a sight to behold.
Assemble the Iris keyboard yourself, I told you about it in detail on Habr.
Read about the history of ergonomic keyboards. There is also a timid attempt by Apple.
If you are interested in more serious thoughts, then look about the layout of Ilya Sheprut.
It would also be nice to change the keyboard layout from QWERTY to human, but about this another time.