'Anglian' computer keyboard layout

31 December 2017
Canonical nameanglian.en.iso
LanguageEnglish
Form factorSlab : ISO
'Author'Patrick Gillespie
Author data may not be correct, we're working on it.
Keys horizontally staggeredYes
Letters on thumb0
Uses AltGr for standard charactersYes
Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)No
Changes 'shift' pairsYes
Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)Yes
Uppercase on different keyNo

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anglian.en.iso


Download the Keyboard Layout Analyzer .json file.

Rankings

MetricRankRelative %
KLA original English prose27369.38
KLA original Programming31053.96
Den 1 English prose27862.80
Den 1 Programming32949.06
Homekeys words2200.97
Homeblock words2116.16
Angle mod Homeblock words2065.94
Easyblock words2871.71
One-handed words2436.02
Efficiency24374.47
Homekeys bigrams10365.11
Homekeys trigrams16642.77
Homekeys quadgrams14130.60
Homekeys common words13757.71
Samefinger bigrams224 2.97
Overall ranking26638.93

Finger based metrics

Finger based metrics, as determined with Keyboard Layout Analyzer, using Patrick's original scoring model, and Den's first revised version.

We show the ranking Overall, for the broad Form Factor, and against other similar layouts (Peers), for English prose, assorted Programming, and Average of the two.

'Peers' means compared to other layouts with same characterics, e.g. ANSI/ISO vs Ergo, and matching 'Has letters on thumb', 'Uses AltGr for standard characters', 'Moves non-character keys (ANSI/ISO)', 'Changes shift pairs', 'Changes top row (ANSI/ISO)', and 'Uppercase on different key', as listed above.

 OverallOverallOverall ANSI/ISOANSI/ISOANSI/ISO PeersPeersPeers
Scoring modelEnglish proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined English proseProgrammingCombined
KLA original273 / 360310 / 360277 / 360168 / 252203 / 252172 / 2522 / 22 / 22 / 2
Den 1278 / 360329 / 360290 / 360173 / 252221 / 252185 / 2522 / 22 / 22 / 2

English Word-based analysis

Home Keys Analysis

The Home Keys for this layout are shown with red dots in the image above, giving the following letters:

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Home key bigrams, trigrams, quadgrams and common words

Scores are based on which fingers are used for the top 20 bigrams, trigrams and quadgrams, and top 30 common words, with the scores weighted by strength of finger used, and frequency of occurance of the text.

MetricRankWeighted scoreComponents handled and not handled
Bigrams10358.71 / 90.17th he in an on en at ha to it is hi es er re nd ou ed or ng
Trigrams16616.97 / 39.68the hat his tha ent ion ith thi tio and ing her ere for ter was you ver all wit
Quadgrams1414.86 / 15.88that tion this thin atio ther with here ould ight have hich whic they ever from ough were hing ment
Common words13748.74 / 84.45the to a in is that on he it as at his this an has not of and for was with by be from are I but have they or
Home Key lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample
tisnhoae168517anaesthetisations

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Easyblock Analysis

The typical Easyblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Easyblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample
yYrRdDuUiIsSnNhHoOaAvwW325212Honduranians

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Homeblock Analysis

The typical Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample
yYrRlLfFdDuUiIsSnNhHoOaAxXgGvVwWbBqQ1683218disindividualising

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Angle Mod Homeblock Analysis

The typical Angle Mod Homeblock Keys for this layout form factor are shown here:
Angle mod Homeblock lettersEnglish words typeableLongest wordExample
yYrRlLfFdDuUiIsSnNhHoOaAzZxXgGwWbBqQ1623216disillusionising

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One-handed words Analysis

This looks at how many words can be typed with only left or right hand. We want these numbers to be low.
This metric was done "strictly" ... shifted or AltGr letters were only included if Shift or AltGr was on the same hand.
Note: we exclude the Dvorak one-handed layouts comparison, since clearly by design they can type every possible word with one hand.
Left hand lettersLeft wordsLongest left wordLeft exampleRight hand lettersRight wordsLongest right wordRight exampleTotal
yYrRlLpPtTiIsSnNcCzZxXgGvV145213inspiritingly fFdDuUmMhHoOaAeEkKwWbBqQjJ117310Buddhahood 2625

Left handRight hand
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Word lengthWord length

SameFinger Bigrams

This is a weighted analysis of same-finger usage.

The probability that a letter will follow another given letter is used to evaluate layouts by which letters pairs are on the same fingers. We multiply this figure by the percentage frequency of the first letter, in English.
We add the probabilities in both directions, for example "er" and "re".

There are some exceptions: We only look at lower case, and if the second letter is on the same key as the first, we ignore that pair.

The idea is to see how much a finger has to fly around, and if the two letters are on the same key (as in the split-case layouts) then it doesn't have to fly between them.

The metric does not measure how far the finger has to fly, just that it has to. I'll look at adding distance, row jumps, inward rolls, outward rolls, to this metric if possible.

FingerLettersScore
Left pinky'tz' 0.288
Left ring'yix' 6.3932
Left middle'rsg' 60.1289
Left index'lpncv' 73.5655
Left thumb'⍽' 0
Right thumb'' 0
Right index'fmhkw' 35.6469
Right middle'dob' 61.4863
Right ring'uaq' 27.4055
Right pinky'ej' 4.8048
Both thumbs'' 0
Total 269.72

Word metric comparisons

MetricLowestLowest scoreanglian.en.iso scoreHighestHighest score
Home keysabcdef.en.ansi31685
essie-2.en.matrix174012
Easyblockqwerty-rehomed.en.ansi1003252
essie-3-wip.en.ergolinear189738
Homeblockqwerty-typewriter.en.ansi156216832
essie-3-wip.en.ergolinear273265
Angle mod Homeblockalphametric.en.ansi135416232
essie-3-wip.en.ergolinear273265
Left hand wordsqgmlwy.en.ergolinear341452
tnwmlc.en.ansi22157
Right hand wordsessie-3.en.ergolinear261173
reverse-qwerty.en.ansi14771
Total single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear1582625
tnwmlc.en.ansi22301
Average single handedessie-3.en.ergolinear791312.5
tnwmlc.en.ansi11150.5
Same finger bigramsseelpy-1.en.ergolinear8.01269.72
mcgunnigle-peoples.en.ansi1757.11

Fraser Street analysis

"Fraser Street" (thanks Shai) is a specially-crafted text in which most of the words are typed with only the left hand, on the QWERTY layout.
It was designed to highlight how much better the Dvorak layout is at hand alternation.
We ignore spaces and punctuation.

Left lettersRight lettersNeeds both hands
yYrRlLpPtTiIsSnNcCzZxXgGvVfFdDuUmMhHoOaAeEkKwWbBqQjJ

Fraser Street was in West Everett. Westward of Fraser Street was the great vast sea. Awed, we gazed seawards, attracted by crested waves which raced and ebbed. Children were scattered on the beach edged and strewed with seaweed. They waded in water as the sea surged in and retreated. They bagged crabs as eagerly as beavers saw trees. Brave crews, seafarers in fact, steered sea craft far away. The site of Fraser Street was not overrated.

Few vegetated in Fraser Street. Nobody wasted time abed. "Acts test the breed," was ever the sacred adage. Varied crafts and trades were represented. There was a caterer, a barber, a weaver, a cabaret, and a garage. Attracted, we started to see several scenes. We were greeted as friends.

The barber catered to a varied trade, representing diverse careers and different creeds. Saturday drew the best crowd. All were seated, relaxed, aware of fewer cares, less fagged. There we saw a few starved tattered beggars who bragged of "bracers" served at cafes after a wee meal of beef stew and cabbage. A better fare was reserved for those reared on earth's greater awards.

Fraser Street summary

Left letters typed382
Right letters typed499
Needs both hands0
Total letters typed881
Switches504
Hand balance43.36 : 0.00 : 56.64

Typing lessons

Download some English words suitable for learning the layout.
Note if any files are empty it's because there are not enough words to create a lesson. This is most noticeable in the bad layouts.

Week 1Homekey words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 2Easyblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 3Homeblock words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 4Common / tricky words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 5Pangrams Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 6So you think you can type? Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 7Extra practice 1: Common words in text Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 8Extra practice 2: Lorem ipsum and friends Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 9Extra practice 3: Underused words Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5