Best ANSI keyboard layouts

as determined by Keyboard Layout Analyzer (Den's scoring)

24 August 2017

For details on the tests used, please see the separate keyboard tests page.

For details on the layouts evaluated, please see the separate ANSI keyboard layouts page.

You should familiarise yourself with both of those pages to make sense of the results below.

Notes

  1. These results are computed from Den's alternative scoring model, which takes finger effort into account. For example, moving the pinky takes more effort than waving your index finger around.
  2. I have multiplied her Overall Effort score by 10 just to get more visible separation between the scores.
  3. The result columns below are sortable, click the column headers to sort. In this scoring model. you want a LOW Effort, Low Distance, and Low Same Finger.
  4. Apologies for all the very similar variants of my layouts, I'll remove the weaker ones in due course. I try to keep the variants that win at least one of the tests. You can unselect them below if needed.
  5. For the Distance and SameFinger scores, I just dropped the decimals instead of rounding off. The numbers are large and decimals won't make much difference.
Pages for the various layouts are coming. In the mean time I've linked the Layouts listed on the Layouts page above, to a locally hosted version of KLA, where you can browse the layouts.


InputsLayout styleSourceResults
EnglishTechnical
  English prose tests
  Alice
  Putin's speech to the UN
  Classic collection
  Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  The Little Prince
  Animal Farm
  Scroll II
  A Message to Garcia
  The Magic Story
  The War Prayer
  As a Man Thinketh
  Typing Championship 1

  English Misc tests
  Daode Jing / Tao te Ching
  Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  Poems
  Quotes
  US Declaration of Independence
  Magna Carta English
  Classic song lyrics
  Pangrams
  Bigrams
  Bigrams no space
  Trigrams
  Trigrams no space
  Quadgrams
  Quadgrams no space
  Pentgrams
  Pentgrams no space
  Hexgrams
  Hexgrams no space
  Septgrams
  Septgrams no space
  Octgrams
  Octgrams no space
  Nongrams
  Nongrams no space

  English word tests
  Common words
  SAT words
  Top 200 words exploded
  Difficult words
  Medical words
  UK Junior words
  Barrons 1100 words
  Programming tests
  Google home page
  Towers of Hanoi A-M
  Towers of Hanoi N-Z
  QuickSort A-M
  QuickSort N-Z
  KLE home page
  Game of Life

  Dates and times
  D/M/YYYY
  DD/MM/YYYY
  M/D/YYYY
  MM/DD/YYYY
  dd.mm.yyyy
  YYYY-MM-DD
  ISO8601

  Currencies
  99,999.99
  99.999,99
  99 999,99
  99'999.99

  Other digits
  φ π ℯ τ √ 2  1000
  IPV4 addresses
  IPV6 addresses
  Blake2 hashes

  Misc
  ANSI characters
  P P T T
  Sums single digits
  Sums single digits no spaces
  Sums decimals
  Sums decimals no spaces
  Google stripped
  Towers stripped
  QuickSort stripped
  KLE stripped
  GOL stripped
  Typing Championship 2
  South Pacific lyrics
  Magna Carta Latin
  Lorem ipsum etc.
  Nkosi, sikelel' iAfrika
  Keys just rearranged
  Keys + modifiers rearranged
  Keys relabeled
  Requires AltGr
  Letter on thumb
  KLA
  Den
  Den/Ian
  Ian
  Web

Versions
  Major
  Minor
  Effort
  Distance
  SameFinger
  Efficiency
  Average Efficiency



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