Best ANSI keyboard layouts

as determined by Keyboard Layout Analyzer

4 October 2016

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. The result columns below are sortable, click the column headers to sort. You want a High Score, Low Distance, and Low Same Finger.
  2. Arensito and Balance Twelve scores are from 'fixed' versions (were missing characters). Neo 2.0 layout was removed (no brackets). I dropped the Spanish Dvorak and Russian layouts as they're not for English. ABCDEF (approx) is same as ABCDEF (rough) so I dropped it.
  3. 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.
  4. All the data was captured manually by me, there are probably some typos beyond the three I found. Hopefully not too serious..
  5. For the Distance scores, I just dropped the decimals instead of rounding off. The numbers are large and decimals won't make much difference.
  6. We are suspicious of the layouts using AltGr, it looks like the scores are being boosted instead of being punished for the extra keypress. So they are switched off by default.
Pages for the various layouts are coming. In the mean time you can find most of them on Patrick's site, and the newer ones on Den's tweaked version.


InputsLayout styleSourceResults
EnglishTechnical
  English prose tests
  Alice
  Classic collection
  Putin's speech to the UN
  Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  The Little Prince
  Animal Farm
  Scroll II
  Typing Champ 1

  English Misc tests
  Daode Jing / Tao te Ching
  Poems
  Quotes
  Bigrams
  Trigrams
  Quadgrams

  English word tests
  Common words
  SAT words
  Top 200 words exploded
  Difficult words
  Medical words
  Programming tests
  Google home page
  Towers of Hanoi A-M
  Towers of Hanoi 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

  Misc
  π 1000
  P P T T
  Google stripped
  Towers stripped
  KLE stripped
  GOL stripped
  Typing Champ 2
  Keys just rearranged
  Keys and modifiers rearranged
  Keys relabeled
  Punctuation and/or digits on AltGr
  KLA
  Den
  Den + Ian
  Mod Ian
  Ian
  Web

Versions
  Major
  Minor
  Scores
  Distance
  SameFinger



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